President Donald Trump has warned Iran to be “careful with threats” as they can “come back to bite you” in response to Tehran’s vow that it will exceed within days its uranium enrichment level agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal, The Guardian reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that his country would exceed the enrichment level set out under the agreement in response to failure by other parties to the deal to keep up their promises and provide Iran relief from the US sanctions.
“On July 7, our enrichment level will no longer be 3.67%. We will put aside this commitment. We will increase (the enrichment level) beyond 3.67% to as much as we want, as much as is necessary, as much as we need,” Rouhani told a cabinet meeting.
The enrichment maximum set in the agreement is sufficient for commercial power generation but far below the more than 90% level required for a nuclear warhead.
Trump responded on Wednesday night in a characteristically belligerent tweet: “Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!”
France warned Tehran that it would “gain nothing” by leaving the deal and said “challenging the agreement would only increase tensions already high” in the Middle East.
Iran insists that it is not violating the deal, citing terms of the agreement allowing one side to temporarily abandon some of commitments if it deems the other side is not respecting its part of the accord.
Rouhani stressed that Iran’s action would be reversed if the other parties to the nuclear deal made good on their side of the bargain – relief from sanctions. “We will remain committed to the (nuclear deal) as long as the other parties are committed,” he said.