Iran has announced that, it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, drawing a warning from US PresidentDonald Trump that Tehran was playing with fire.
Tehran’s announcement marked its first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the United States pulled out of it more than a year ago.
However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the move was not a violation of the accord, arguing that Iran was exercising its right to respond to the US walkout.
The step, however, could have far-reaching consequences for diplomacy at a time when European countries are trying to pull the US and Iran back from confrontation.
It comes less than two weeks after Trump said he ordered retaliatory air strikes on Iran, only to cancel them at the last minute.