The US, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China signed a deal with Iran in 2015 called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, to ensure Tehran cut down its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of certain western sanctions. Former US President Barack Obama warned Iran had a big stockpile of enriched uranium and almost 20,000 centrifuges, which was enough to create eight to 10 bombs. But Donald Trump, who was elected president in 2016, withdrew from the deal last year and reimposed sanctions against Iran to block business operations in the country.
Ali Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, recently said Iran can enrich uranium up to 20 percent within four days if needed.
He said to Far News Agency: “If we want to come out of the nuclear deal and produce, within four days we could start our 20 percent.
“But we already have stockpiles of 20 percent, and the capability.”
The Israeli army’s intelligence assessment for 2019 recealed this week Iran could develop a more “defiant approach” on its nuclear project.
But Iran has so far not violated the nuclear agreement with the remaining world powers in the deal.
The US is all in the middle of a tour around Central Europe this week, to bolster ties with countries including Poland in exchange for them loosening ties with Iran.
Foreign ministers and other officials from more than 60 countries were gathering for a conference in Warsaw tonight, whose agenda included Iran, conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Germany and France decided not to send their foreign ministers over concerns the meeting could highlight big-power tensions with the US.
Vice President Mike Pence is leading the US delegation and will be accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House advisor Jared Kushner.
Brian Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, said to Reuters: “We’re trying to expand the number of nations who are engaged and have a stake in the future of a peaceful and prosperous Middle East.”