Iran recently announced that its uranium stockpile will soon exceed the agreed upon threshold set by former President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesperson for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, provided further detail on a national broadcast and highlighted that state operations had quadrupled the rate at which that their uranium stockpile was being enriched, according to an article from The Hill.
“Iran’s reserves are every day increasing at a more rapid rate. And if it is important for them (Europe) to safeguard the accord, they should make their best efforts... As soon as they carry out their commitments, things will naturally go back to their original state,” said Kamalvandi.
The growing stockpile is unsurprising given Iran’s clear intention to expand its uranium enrichment operations after the U.S. pulled out of the nuclear agreement and imposed sanctions on Tehran.
Ever since the U.S. pulled out of the nuclear deal, tensions between both countries has risen. The U.S. has accused Iran of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, which Iran has denied. However, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has expressed a willingness to pursue any action needed to protect the passage of oil tankers in the region.
"The United States is considering a full range of options. We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,” Pompeo said.
Iran’s growing stockpile, which violates an Obama-era deal, might escalate tensions with the U.S.