Published On: Sat, Sep 7th, 2019

Iran news: Europe warned time is running out – nuclear ‘stockpile quickly increasing’ | World | News

Tehran announced it has begun injecting uranium gas into advanced centrifuges in violation of the 2015 treaty. Iranian nuclear agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi has confirmed up to 40 centrifuges were now in operation for uranium enrichment – which is commonly used as reactor fuel but also chemical weapons. Mr Kamalvandi has warned Europe time is running out to salvage the deal – which aims to curb Iran’s nuclear capabilities in return for sanction relief.

Mr Kamalvandi said: “Our stockpile is quickly increasing.

“We hope they will come to their senses.”

The deal is signed by many leading nations including the UK, France and Russia – however US President Donald Trump pulled out of the deal last year claiming Iran had violated the terms.

Washington has since imposed “maximum pressure” on Iranian oil exports.

However as the Iranian economy continues to crumble, Mr Kamalvandi has warned the West there is “not much time left” to salvage the agreement as Tehran threatens to develop “more rapid and advanced centrifuges”.

He said: “We have started lifting limitations on our Research and Development imposed by the deal.

“It will include the development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges.”

He added: “The European parties to the deal should know that there is not much time left, and if there is some action to be taken it should be done quickly.”

French President Emmanuel Macron has tried to ease tensions and has floated the idea of offering Iran around $15 billion in credit lines until the end of this year if Tehran comes back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal.

However, the offer was not supported by the US as it has no intention of offering any sanction relief.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the world leaders would need to pay-up of begin purchasing Iranian oil once again.

READ MORE: Macron risks infuriating Trump as he offers Tehran $15billion

However, experts have said Iran is still a long way from the 90 percent enrichment needed to fully develop nuclear weapons.

The current deal has capped the number of centrifuge enrichment machines installed in Iran at roughly 6,000, down from around 19,000 before 2015.

It allows Iran to refine uranium only with first-generation IR-1 centrifuges and to use small numbers of more advanced centrifuges solely for research, but without stockpiling enriched uranium, for a period of 10 years.

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