A senior advisor to Iran's supreme leader says Tehran could boost its uranium enrichment to "five percent" even as a top Iranian cleric warns Britain should be "scared' of Tehran's response over oil tanker capture in Gibraltar.
As Iran exceeds the enriched uranium stockpile limit put in place by the 2015 nuclear deal, experts argue the Islamic Republic is more focused on ending crushing US-imposed sanctions than building a nuclear bomb.
President Rouhani’s centerwing government says it will not be part of a pact that hasn’t even been implemented by other signatories.
The move comes amid growing Iranian frustration with the nuclear deal, with which UN inspectors say Tehran is complying but which has not led to a promised economic boom, with the Trump administration instead imposing sweeping sanctions.
Iran’s reformist President Hassan Rouhani toughens his language against the West as he finds himself under increasing pressure from the country’s hardliners.
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