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Iran: 'Completely Ready' to Restart Nuclear Program

Iran FM Mohammad Javad Zarif (Photo: wikicommons/Hamed Malekpour)

Ever since the United States and other world powers signed the questionable nuclear deal with Iran, the Islamic Republic has pushed against the commitments and boundaries upon which it agreed. Now, The Times of Israel reports, Iranian leadership has not only accused the United States of violating the deal, but says it is ready to relaunch its nuclear program, this time more advanced than it was before:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that Tehran is “completely ready” to restart its nuclear program if the US fails to live up to its commitments under the July 2015 nuclear deal.

“If [the] US creates a situation that continuation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would damage Tehran’s national interest, then Iran is completely ready to come back to the situation it had prior to the JCPOA even more powerfully than before,” Zarif was quoted by Iranian state media as saying...

“During the past couple of months, with the efforts made by skilled Iranian scientists and experts, we have succeeded [in making] operational the most advanced centrifuges, that were just an idea at the time of approving the JCPOA,” Zarif is quoted as saying.

The Mehr News Agency quoted him saying the new centrifuges “would enrich uranium 20 times faster and more efficiently,” and that “the technical know-how has now been indigenized.”

He accused the US of repeatedly failing to fulfill its commitments under the deal, but said “pursuing the JCPOA is still justifiable for Iran” for economic reasons...

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