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U.S. warns Iran against reducing its commitment to 2015 nuclear deal to begin uranium enrichment

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The Iran nuclear deal was put on life support over the weekend... as Iran tried to renegotiate the deal with world powers,... saying it's fully prepared to further enrich uranium to any level.
Lee Min-sun has more.
In a news conference broadcast live on Sunday,... senior Iranian officials confirmed Tehran will move away from the commitments it made under the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran will reduce its commitments incrementally every 60 days... unless the other signatories of the pact protect Iran from U.S. sanctions.

"In a few hours the technical work will be done and enrichment beyond 3.67% will begin, we predict that Monday morning when the agency comes to measure our enrichment will be higher than 3.67 percent."

According to Iran's Foreign Ministry,... the move comes as European members of the pact have failed to abide by the deal.

"The reason we are starting our second step in reducing our commitments from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) today is that Europe and other members of the JCPOA could not meet our demands, especially, in the field of oil and bringing back our income, they haven't been able to do anything worthy".

The U.S. strongly denounced Iran's latest move and said it will continue to impose maximum pressure on Iran,... unless the nation stops developing nuclear weapons.

"Iran better be careful, because you enrich for one reason and I won't tell you what the reason is, but it's no good. They better be careful."

The other signatories have also expressed grave concerns over Iran's threats,... including Britain's foreign minister,... who said the Middle East will be far more dangerous if Iran acquires nuclear weapons.
The U.K.'s top diplomat said they are very concerned and would like to find a way to make the deal work... but warned of a very serious consequences if Iran breaches the deal.

During a cabinet meeting Sunday,... Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Iran's announcement an extremely dangerous move,... and urged European leaders to impose strong sanctions on Tehran.

"This is a very, very dangerous step. I call on my friends, the heads of France, Britain and Germany - you signed this deal and you said that as soon as they take this step severe sanctions will be imposed - that was the security council resolution. Where are you?"

Despite Tehran's continued threats,... the government insists it remains open for dialogue and is leaving the door open to diplomacy.
French President Emmanuel Macron says he and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue by next week.
Lee Min-sun Arirang News.

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