TEHRAN, April 8 (Xinhua) — Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said Sunday that the ability of his organiztion to resume 20 percent enriched uranium has “messages” to the United States.
“If the West walks away from the nuclear deal, we will produce 20 percent enriched uranium in four days,” Salehi told the news agency of Iran’s parliament.
“This bears messages for the United States,” he said, but not elaborated.
Iran has long considered the responses to the possible quit of the 2015 nuclear deal by the United States, he said, adding that “we hope the Americans do not drop the deal … since it would be a scientific challenge for them.”
On Thursday, Salehi warned the United States not to make any more move against the nuclear deal.
“We are seriously looking to preserve our national interests and sovereignty, but if the United States withdraws and Europe and other great powers retreat from this agreement, we will definitely do something different,” said Salehi.
Salehi described U.S. President Donald Trump as a businessman who tries to advance his international agendas with unpredictable decisions.
Trump has repeatedly demanded the elimination of sunset clauses for some of the restrictions the U.S. places on Iran from the nuclear deal, stronger inspection rules, and limitation to Iran’s development of long-range missiles.
But Iran says it will neither tolerate anything beyond its commitment to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nor accept changes to the agreement.