Iran threatened to increase uranium enrichment to 20% by Sept. 6 if European parties do not protect Tehran’s economy from U.S.-imposed sanctions.
“It is meaningless to continue unilateral commitments to the deal if we don’t enjoy its benefits as promised by the deal’s European parties,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart in Moscow, according to Reuters.
The Tehran regime has contact with France, whose president, Emmanuel Macron, surprisingly invited Zarif to the G-7 summit in Biarritz intending to bring Iran closer to the United States and help relax President Donald Trump’s firm position on Iran.
“If Tehran’s satisfaction has not been guaranteed about the realization of commitments [by Europe] by the set deadline, we will take a strong step to reduce commitments,” the diplomat warned.
Last year, President Trump abandoned the agreement between Iran and six world powers negotiated with President Barack Obama in 2015 the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) by which the country of the ayatollahs pledged not to develop a nuclear weapons program.
However, documents obtained by Israeli intelligence services showed that Iran has been developing a secret weapons program for years, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revealed in September 2018.
In addition, according to former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights Ken Blackwell, “The Iranian regime has been virtually and universally described as the world’s foremost state-sponsor of terrorism.”
Iran “the world’s foremost state-sponsor of terrorism”
In an article published in Town Hall, Blackwell explains how European intelligence services have detained senior officials of the Iranian regime in connection with terrorist attacks on European soil against Iranian dissidents in exile.
For example, at the end of June last year, German police foiled a suicide bomber attack on a National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) demonstration near Paris attended by more than 100,000 Iranian regime dissidents and prominent politicians such as Rudy Giuliani, Newt Gingrich, and Bill Richardson, Upi.com explained.
Shortly thereafter, a high-ranking Iranian diplomat named Assadollah Assadi was arrested and identified as the mastermind of the plot.
Similar plots have been detected and neutralized in the United States, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Albania, and several other European nations, according to Upi.com.
Thanks to U.S.-imposed sanctions, the Iranian regime’s economy has been seriously diminished and it is presumed that this has considerably reduced the liquidity of terrorist organizations claimed to be funded by the Tehran regime as well.
“Even the regime’s terror proxies are feeling the economic pinch, with charity boxes popping up in Lebanon to raise additional funds for Hezbollah. In the first such public plea for donations in almost 40 years, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the group’s future depends on civilian contributions,” journalist Lisa Daftari said in Fox News.
In this context, the Iranian regime has confirmed that there have been several telephone contacts between its leaders and those of France in which they are demanding Europe’s collaboration to stave off US sanctions.
“What Mr. Rouhani has told Macron is that if Europe wants to preserve the nuclear deal then they must establish our ability to sell oil,” said the country’s Vice Chancellor Abbas Araghchi on state television, according to Bloomberg.
“There are two options or solutions—one is for them to go to the Americans and get waivers again for oil buyers so they can buy oil from Iran, or if they cannot do that, they themselves should buy that level of oil, using a credit line,” Araghchi added.
It is not yet known what position the French president will take in the face of this new threat from the Iran.
The U.S. position seems clear as it recognizes the threat of the mullahs regime and in early August took the step of officially declaring Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.
In fact, President Donald Trump declared in late July that Iran’s regime is “the number one state of terror in the world.”