Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Iran uranium enrichment plan aims to destroy Israel: Netanyahu

Iran uranium enrichment plan aims to destroy Israel: Netanyahu

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran September 14, 2007.

The threat prompted a response from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who reminded the world this is exactly why Iran can never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon.

On Sunday, Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted that his country's "stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken".

"Iran insists its nuclear programme is for civilian uses only, but opponents in the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia accuse it of seeking to build an atomic bomb", writes the AFP.

It significantly raises the pressure on Europe to end the JCPOA nuclear deal with Iran, inasmuch as it proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the entire agreement was based on a lie, and continues on the same premise.

European signatories have suggested that the JCPOA should be renegotiated to cover Iran's ballistic missile program and to curb its spreading influence in the Middle East, buoyed by conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.

Khamenei again ruled this out. "I am telling the Europeans, limiting our missile work is a dream that will never come true".

Like Trump, Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the deal, saying the agreement left Iran with the potential to quickly develop a nuclear weapon when the terms expire.

"Our enemies have staged economic and psychological. warfare against us, and new American sanctions [reinstated after Trumps' withdrawal from JCPOA] are part of it", Khamenei said. As EU businesses face retaliation from the U.S. for doing business with Iran, many are opting to avoid Iran.

One of the documents seen by The Times handed over to London is a memorandum that formally hands responsibility for the production of weapons-grade enriched uranium to the Iranian defense ministry.

Iran's nuclear chief says the country has upgraded the power installations at its Natanz facility to realize its long-term goals.

Iran wants to "basically conduct a religious campaign in largely Sunni Syria but try to convert Sunnis", he said at a joint press conference with Merkel.

Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the U.S. has withdrawn from the deal.

European partners, including France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, are now rapidly negotiating to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

In his speech marking the 29th anniversary of the death of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei insisted on resisting USA pressure and again warned of a harsh response if Iran came under attack.

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