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06 June, 2018, 01:56 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The document was signed on behalf of the Iranian army by Amir Daryaban Ali Shamkami, now the secretary of Iran's national security council and the military adviser to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz called for a military coalition against Tehran if it proceeded with enriching military-grade uranium.

European governments have been trying to salvage the nuclear deal ever since the USA announced its withdrawal and said it would reimpose sanctions on foreign companies working in the Islamic republic by November.

On Monday, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he had ordered the country's atomic energy agency to prepare to accelerate uranium enrichment if the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) fails.

Iran notified the United Nations' Atomic Energy Organisation on Tuesday that it had begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacityin case the 2015 nuclear deal falls through.

He appeared to be hardening a threat to restore Iran's disputed enrichment drive first made after Trump quit the nuclear deal.

But, Khamenei ruled this out. "I told the prime minister of my deep conviction, which is shared with our European partners, that the accord needs to be preserved to ensure control of nuclear activity", he said.

It is not yet known whether European countries will keep afloat the deal, which strictly limits Iran's uranium enrichment and is aimed at denying it a nuclear weapons capability. Britain, France and Germany have suggested addressing other concerns about Iran through a supplemental agreement.

Khamenei rejected this as "economic and psychological. warfare against us, and new American sanctions are part of it".

Supporters also fear the reimposition of USA sanctions could hit European firms that have done business with Iran since the accord was signed. "Yesterday he explained how he would do this - with the unrestricted enrichment of uranium in order to produce an arsenal of nuclear bombs", Netanyahu said in a video statement on Twitter.

"Iran is trying to conquer the Middle East".

"Iran said there had only been feasibility and scientific studies but what we see is that Iran ran a fully fledged nuclear weapons program and that it followed directions from the political levels", the official added.

Options being considered by the EU to keep Tehran in the nuclear deal include new credit lines for Tehran, increased energy cooperation and implementing EU laws to block European companies from caving in to US sanctions.

European governments have been scrambling to protect their businesses from renewed USA sanctions in order to keep Iran in the deal.

"This will inflame another religious war - this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees". We commit, and I commit again, that we will not let that happen, ' he said.

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