A top aide to Supreme Leader OF Islamic Revolution in Iran says the Islamic Republic is ready to enrich uranium beyond the level set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal, just ahead of a deadline it set Sunday for Europe to offer new terms to the accord.
A video message by Ali Akbar Velayati included him saying that “Americans directly and Europeans indirectly violated the deal.”
European parties to the deal have yet to offer a way for Iran to avoid the sweeping economic sanctions imposed by President Donald Trump since he pulled the US out of the accord a year ago, especially those targeting its crucial oil sales.
In the video, available Saturday on a website for Supreme Leader Imam Sayyed Ali Ali Khamenei, Velayati said that increasing enrichment was “unanimously agreed upon by every component of the establishment.”
“We will show reaction exponentially as much as they violate it. We reduce our commitments as much as they reduce it,” said Velayati, the Leader’s adviser on international affairs.
“If they go back to fulfilling their commitments, we will do so as well.”
Under the atomic accord, Iran agreed to enrich uranium to no more than 3.67.