Iran announced on Monday, June 17, that it will exceed the limit on its stockpile of uranium agreed to in the JCPOA or The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal within the next 10 days.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said that this behavior is consistent with the behavior of the Iranian Islamic regime since taking over Iran in the 1979 revolution.
“This is a pattern of 40 years of behavior. It’s consistent with how the Iranian regime behaves. They did this when we were in the JCPOA. Right? They continued to build their missile program. We relieved sanctions. They took American sailors hostage,” said Ortagus.
The announcement by Iran to surpass uranium limits, which could be utilized toward the development of nuclear weapons follows multiple aggressions by the Iranian regime that the United States said have been committed in recent months.
“We have seen no moderating behavior by this regime. And in fact you know what we’re seeing here of course over the past week is constantly threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, a number of activities not just the two commercial shipping vessels that we discussed this week but four other commercial ships,” Ortagus said.
The JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal was a deal between the Obama administration, Iran, five other countries and the European Union. President Trump pulled the United States out of the controversial deal as it was considered too weak and insufficiently monitored. Iran’s announcement to surpass limits in a deal already considered too weak is testing how far the United States is willing to allow Iran to go in it’s recent aggressions.
“We have made it very clear since this president came into office and since the secretary came here, that we will not tolerate Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon full stop,” Ortagus.
In a press briefing at the State Department last Thursday, June 13, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Iran was responsible for two separate attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
Secretary Pompeo said that Thursday’s attacks were just the most recent in a string of attacks on multiple targets by Iran and went on to list six additional separate attacks on various targets by Iran since May 14 of this year.
Ortagus said that Iran’s continued attempts to develop a nuclear weapon will meet repercussions.
Ortagus said, “So any actions that they take to get a nuclear weapon will be countered by a maximum pressure campaign by the United States government, that continues to this day. There should be no relieving of sanctions for their malign and unacceptable behavior.”