Iran nuclear chief: New centrifuge rotor factory built

Leroy Wright
July 22, 2018

Salehi also told state TV on Wednesday the effort to acquire uranium has resulted in a stockpile of as much as 950 tonnes.

Earlier this week, the US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Washington would consider waivers for countries which needed more time to wind down their oil imports from Iran, in response to the reimposed sanctions. That deal saw most worldwide sanctions on Tehran lifted in exchange for strict but temporary restrictions on Iran's nuclear work.

"A USA delegation now holding talks in India will be visiting Ankara on Friday regarding sanctions against Iran", a foreign ministry official told Reuters.

Tehran filed its case with the International Court of Justice on Monday arguing that the renewed sanctions, which had been lifted under a 2015 nuclear deal, violate a decades-old treaty between the two old foes.

"Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of USA contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Monday, referring to Tehran's lawsuit at the ICJ. An official from Turkey's foreign ministry confirmed the visit of U.S. delegation in Ankara.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) would put at risk its model business if it were active in Iran, the organization's president Werner Hoyer said. Turkey seems to be standing strongly by Iran's side as the United States plans to isolate Iran economically.

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Zarif addressed world diplomats and Iranian businessmen at a lavish Tehran hotel on Monday night, in a meeting designed as a show of continued mutual support in the face of the United States move. The other members of the agreement opposed this step of the U.S. The European partners of Washington stated that they intend to continue to comply with the terms of the deal with Iran. Although the ICJ, based in The Hague, is the highest United Nations court and its decisions are binding, it has no power to enforce them, and countries, including the USA, have occasionally ignored its rulings.

US President Donald Trump reiterated on the same day in an interview with Fox News that the nuclear deal with Iran the US withdrew from in May "is good for a lot of countries that do business with Iran, but it is not good for this country [U.S.] and it is not ultimately good for the world".

On Monday, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc was determined to follow through despite the USA refusal to grant exemptions.

To ensure Tehran kept its end of the bargain the US vowed to implement the strictest-ever, "anytime, anywhere" inspections regime; however, President Trump argues that this has not materialized and, irrespective, suggests the Iranians can not be trusted.

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