UPDATED 6:29 AM PT – Monday, July 8, 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned the latest threats from Iran regarding the expansion of its nuclear program will lead to additional sanctions and prolonged isolation.
In a tweet Sunday, Pompeo urged other nations to “restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment” for the country. He also warned of the great danger Iran poses if armed by nuclear weapons.
Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 7, 2019
His comments came just hours after Iranian officials announced they were set to exceed the country’s cap on enriched uranium levels, which was previously set in place by the Iran nuclear deal.
“In a few hours the technical work will be done and enrichment beyond 3.67% will begin. The reason we are starting our second step in reducing our commitments from the JCPOA today is that Europe and other members of the JCPOA could not meet our demands, specially in the field of oil and bringing back our income, they haven’t been able to do anything worthy.”
— Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran’s atomic agency
President Trump also responded to the announcement in a statement to reporters, saying
“Iran better be careful.”