The UN nuclear watchdog's Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will meet with senior Iranian officials in Tehran to discuss the stockpile that the group says can easily be used for atomic weapons.
Israeli influence to prevent Washington from returning to the Iran nuclear deal has been limited due to its complicated government structure and the Biden administration’s desire to revitalise the deal.
Political scenarios vary from a US return to the deal with sanctions relief over Iran to using military force against Tehran.
Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is now more than 14 times over the limit set down in its 2015 deal with world powers, the UN's nuclear agency reports.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told European allies that the US is prepared to talk to Iran about both countries returning to compliance with a 2015 deal that aims to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
The new law gives 2015 pact’s European signatories two months to reduce sanctions on Iran’s oil and finance sectors, in the absence of which the government will halt UN inspections of its nuclear sites and step up uranium enrichment.
Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia are struggling to save the landmark 2015 accord with Iran, which has been progressively stepping up its nuclear activities since the US pulled out of the deal in 2018.
Recently, Iran has seen two big explosions hit nuclear and military facilities. Experts argue possible theories, including Israeli aggression and internal malfunctions.
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani declares that Iran will no longer honour the terms of its nuclear research and development programme, following previous violations of the 2015 nuclear deal.
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.
Saudi Arabia wants to produce uranium enrichment equipment from the United States, without any restrictions or oversight, while stating that 'all options are on the table'. Is Saudi Arabia going nuclear only a matter of time?
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