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Iran and Trump: ‘Uniquely dysfunctional and divided’

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14.07.2019

Iran has "begun its march ... toward nuclear weaponry," said Israel's energy minister, Yuval Steinitz, And that is technically correct.

Only one year and 60 days after President Donald Trump ripped up the treaty that guaranteed Iran won't make nuclear weapons, Iran has taken a tiny step toward reviving its nuclear program.

Just a baby step: On Monday, Tehran announced it would start enriching uranium fuel to more than 3.67 per cent, the limit set by the treaty that it signed in 2015.

Until last week it was fully obeying all the terms of the treaty, as France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China — the other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — all confirmed.

The fuel Iran is making now will be used in its reactor at Bushehr, which requires fuel enriched to just below five per cent, so this is not a very big breach of the treaty.

Indeed, Iran says it is not a breach at all, quoting the part of the JCPOA that says a party can "cease performing its commitments ... in whole or in part" in the event of "significant non-performance" by any of the other parties.

You could certainly argue that the United States "ceased performing its commitments ... in whole or........

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