Pompeo: Iran extorting international community

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 1:56 PM PT — Monday, July 1, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is using its nuclear program to “extort the international community.” As the world’s top sponsor of terrorism, he said the country should “never be allowed to enrich uranium at any level.”

Pompeo tweeted the statement Monday amid reports the Islamic Republic exceeded its uranium enrichment limit.

FILE  – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a news conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Iranian news outlet Fars said the country has produced about 660-pounds of enriched uranium, which is just over the limit put in place by the 2015 Iran Nuclear Accord. Officials pointed out the stockpile is not enough for the country to produce a nuclear weapon.

President Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal last year, but the agreement still remains in effect for several countries.

FILE – This photo shows a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iran acknowledged Monday, July 1, 2019, it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the accord. (Mehdi Marizad/Fars News Agency via AP, File)

Iran previously vowed to exceed the limit unless it received relief on sanctions, which were promised under the deal.

“…Iran has exceeded the enriched uranium limit. We had previously announced this and we were transparent in saying what we are going to do. We are going to act according to what we have announced and we consider it our right, reserved in the nuclear deal.”

— Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Minister – Iran

Iranian leaders said if the European Union does not lower sanctions on the country by this Sunday, it will further increase its enrichment levels.