Iran open to diplomacy to save deal, but has 'no hope'

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Speaking to local news agencies, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran has exceeded the 3.67 percent limit and was now enriching uranium at 4.5 percent, a rate far below the 90 percent needed to produce a nuclear weapon.

He said, however, that there were no obstacles to Tehran enriching at even higher levels.

'This level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country, ' he added in a hint that the Islamic republic might stick to this level of enrichment for the time being.

Russia's envoy to the IAEA took to Twitter to mock the USA request for a special session, and suggested Iran's enrichment cap and level is a matter that should be handled by the Joint Commission that oversees implementation of the nuclear deal that the United States withdrew from.

US President Donald Trump warned Iran on Sunday (July 7) over its imminent breach of a uranium enrichment cap. The country began enriching uranium after Donald Trump ditched the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

"Iran better be careful", Trump said over the weekend.

Vice President Mike Pence declared during remarks to the Christians United for Israel Conference on Monday that there will be no more "pallets of cash" for the Iranian regime.

Jasmine El-Gamal, former a Middle East adviser to the Pentagon said: "Unintended civilian casualties or other collateral damage is always possible, and it is not clear that this administration - or any administration - understands what Iran's own red lines are". Before that, tension between the United Kingdom and Iran increased after the United Kingdom joined the its conclusion that no other country but Iran "could plausibly be responsible" for the attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

China, another signatory to the deal, accused the U.S. of "bullying" Tehran with economic sanctions.

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Britain accused Iran of violating the terms of the agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that Iran's steps in reducing its nuclear commitments are "reversible" only if the three European countries of Britain, France, and Germany (E3) honor their commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name for the 2015 nuclear agreement.

"Within a few hours, the process of enrichment more than 3.67% [purity] starts", said the spokesman of the country's atomic energy organization.

The agency said the inspectors would report to its headquarters in Vienna "as soon as they verify the announced development". It says it will scale back its obligations under the accord at 60-day intervals, until Europe complies with its side of the deal.

"Iran is engaged in nuclear blackmail, and understands apparently that the Europeans are suckers and are willing to close their eyes and not see or understand", he said. Iran in the past several days has reduced compliance on two aspects of the nuclear pact in response, it says, to the failure of the other parties to the deal to find a workaround to a virtual United States blockade on Iran's oil exports.

"Nations should restore the long-standing standard of no enrichment for Iran's nuclear programme".

Trump and Macron "discussed ongoing efforts to ensure that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon and to end Iran's destabilizing behavior in the Middle East", the White House said in a readout of the July 8 call.

"Tehran is trying to strike a delicate balance: create a nuclear crisis sufficiently serious to force Europe to deliver economic concessions without going overboard and triggering a sanctions response from Europe or a military response from the U.S.", Rome said.

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