Iran is threatening to go against an agreement that the country made in good faith back in 2015 with regard to its nuclear program. They are trying to get European countries to help with the effects of the sanctions placed on them by the United States.
Iran has stated that in a matter of days they will have produced more low-enriched uranium than what they are allowed to produce. They have even alluded to the possibility of increasing the richness of the uranium that is needed for nuclear weapons.
The White House has responded with a call for other countries to help pressure Iran into compliance with their agreement. The National Security Council has stated, “President Trump has made it clear he will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.”
But Iran is looking for that same international help to get around the sanctions placed on them.
Iran is slowly moving away from the 2015 agreement since the United States pulled out of the treaty. It has been reported that Iran was adhering to the agreement, but they are in desperate need of help. The Iranian economy is hurting as a result of the sanctions. For them to remain in the deal only means more pressure on their economy and that is something they believe they cannot let happen.
Ali Vaez, who is the director of the Iran Project at the International Crisis Group, has stated, “This was an entirely predictable consequence of the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal and maximum pressure strategy. In practice, maximum pressure has produced maximum peril and minimum strategic results.”
Right now Iran is not able to move any of its uranium out of the country because of the sanctions.
Some believe that the sanctions have brought Iran to this tipping point where they must decide to violate the agreement or comply with the demands of the United States and negotiate. Iran has been selling or trading their enriched uranium for natural uranium.
The uranium is used in power plants to produce electricity for cities. Moving the uranium kept Iran from stockpiling which was believed to be a means of producing nuclear weapons.
Iran is seeking to increase the uranium level by 20 percent in order to use it in their own power plants. They claim that the uranium would be used in their reactor in an attempt to create medical isotopes that would be used to treat cancer.
The current level that Iran is able to enrich uranium to is 3.67 percent. An increase to 20 percent would put them fairly close to weapons-grade uranium.
Iran is claiming that the sanctions have cut off the money flow from the sale of oil, reduced medical care supplies, and other things. The Trump administration was clear that the supply of medical aid would not be affected. The financial drain on the economy is starting to put pressure on Iran’s government to act quickly.
Iran has been blamed for attacks on several ships in or around the Strait of Hormuz. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has recently been branded as a terrorist organization. Some officials have warned that labeling Iran’s government in such a way could have repercussions and consequences.
Since then, the President has added 1,500 troops to those already stationed in the Middle East.
Once the spokesperson for the National Security Council is blaming the bad nuclear deal of 2015 as the reason why Iran can still produce uranium. Pompeo has hinted that the United States is seriously considering tightening the sanctions placed on Iran. He has stated that We know that their nuclear program accelerates if they have more money and wealth, if they have more capacity, more resources, they have access to metals and to materials and to fissile material.”
Mike Pompeo has also stated that the United States might look into, “a full range of options.” This means the possibility of military strikes against select sights.
Iran must know that the countries of the world are not going to stand by and let Iran threaten them with control of the Strait of Hormuz or through the threat of nuclear attack.
The United States will do what needs to be done to protect people from around the world from Iranian threats.