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Following Iran's assurances on Sunday (July 7) that it would begin enriching uranium by a percentage banned by the agreement on its nuclear program, threatened to give up on other pledges "within 60 days," the International Atomic Energy Agency, the watchdog of the nuclear agreement between Iran and international powers – that it is aware of the matter and that its inspectors will report to the IAEA once they are sure that Tehran will increase the level of uranium enrichment beyond the limit allowed under the nuclear agreement.

Iran, in previous statements to a number of its officials, expressed its full readiness to enrich uranium to any level and in any quantity, in a greater challenge to US efforts to pressure sanctions and force it to renegotiate the nuclear agreement with major powers. Iran is reducing its commitment to the nuclear agreement and raising the level of uranium enrichment.

Tehran sees the move announced on Sunday as part of Iran's response to a decision by US President Donald Trump in May 2018 to unilaterally withdraw from the agreement and re-impose US sanctions under which Tehran was removed. He then responded to the "failure" of the European countries (Britain, France and Germany) not to fulfill as partners the conditions of the signed agreement to enable them to continue selling their oil production and trade with the outside.

French condemnation

On Sunday, a French presidential official told Reuters that President Emmanuel Macaron on Sunday denounced Iran's decision to raise the level of enrichment, a move he said was a "violation" of the agreement. However, the source said that the mechanism for resolving the dispute over the Iranian nuclear agreement will not be activated now

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mugrini expressed her deep concern over the developments. The joint committee, composed of members from Iran, Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and the European Union (the United States was a member of the commission prior to its withdrawal from the agreement), is likely to meet as a first step. Of the dispute resolution process in accordance with the provisions of the 2015. Agreement. The Joint Committee shall have 15 days to settle the problem unless its members agree to extend that period of time.

Netanyahu warns

For his part, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered this step of Iran as "extremely dangerous" and reiterated the call for France, Britain and Germany to impose sanctions on Iran.

"This is a very dangerous step," Netanyahu said in a public statement to the cabinet. "Iran has violated its solemn commitment under UN Security Council resolutions not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level."

Under the agreement, Iran has pledged to reduce its nuclear capabilities (centrifuges and enriched uranium stockpiles) for years. The biggest obstacle to the manufacture of nuclear weapons is the need to obtain sufficient fissile material, such as highly enriched uranium or plutonium for nuclear weapons.

For this reason, the agreement has imposed a higher degree of purity on what Iran can enrich from uranium hexafluoride, which is fed by centrifuges at 3.67 percent compared with the level of enrichment needed to make nuclear weapons and 90 percent.

According to statements by Iranian officials, enrichment could reach five percent, much less than the 20 percent that Iran produced before the signing of the Vienna Accord 2015. The goal is to prevent Iran almost completely from being able to build an atomic bomb while guaranteeing Tehran's right to deny any After a military program, to develop civilian nuclear power.

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