Seeking French support, Netanyahu raises alarm over Iran enrichment plan

Binyamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister presented on TV in April what he said was evidence of Iran’s duplicity

Binyamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister presented on TV in April what he said was evidence of Iran’s duplicity Amir Cohen Reuters

Late last month, the supreme leader outlined Iran's demands for it to stay in the nuclear deal.

Iran informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog on Tuesday that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Israel trolled Iran on Monday with a gif from the film "Mean Girls" after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for their complete annihilation.

"If conditions allow, maybe tomorrow night at Natanz, we can announce the opening of the centre for production of new centrifuges" for uranium enrichment, said Salehi, a vice president and head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, according to news agency Fars.

Shortly after Khamenei's speech, French automaker PSA announced it was pulling out of two joint ventures to sell its cars in Iran owing to the USA sanctions.

Macron also pointed blame in the direction of US President Donald Trump for unilaterally pulling out of the hard-fought 2015 deal created to stop Tehran getting a nuclear bomb. Iran has repeatedly denied seeking a nuclear weapon from enrichment.

Merkel has acknowledged that while European powers see the JCPOA as the best guarantee against an Iran with nuclear weapons, it is "not perfect".

"Iran is trying to conquer the Middle East".

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The Israeli leader said Tuesday that the Iranian plan to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity was aimed at producing nuclear weapons to be used against Israel.

The Iran deal paved the way for the partial lifting of worldwide sanctions against the country, in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme for several years. Kamalvandi has said Iran is preparing to expand its uranium enrichment capacity.

Iran's Shahab 3 missiles can reportedly travel 2,000 kilometers and potentially reach southern Europe, with Iran saying the range may be increased if its security is jeopardized.

During visits to Germany, France, and the United Kingdom on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday respectively, Netanyahu will attempt to convince Merkel, Macron, and May that the nuclear agreement to which their countries are party is based on the falsehood that Iran had never pursued a nuclear weapons program, and is therefore essentially invalid.

The European powers are trying to come up with a package to ring-fence trade with Iran against renewed USA financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the accord.

"We are here to say hello to Netanyahu and remind him and the world of the dozens of unarmed Palestinians that have been killed by the Israeli army in the last month", said 19-year-old student Antoine, waving a flag expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Netanyahu said that he had not asked Macron to leave the deal but that the talks focused on "how to stop Iranian agression in the region".

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