Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Iran Could Unleash New Refugee Wave, Netanyahu Tells Merkel

Iran Could Unleash New Refugee Wave, Netanyahu Tells Merkel

The European Union said Tuesday that a "first assessment" indicated that Iran's announcement that it has launched a plan to boost uranium enrichment capacity did not breach its commitments under the beleaguered 2015 nuclear deal.

Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters that the infrastructure, which has been developed domestically, has the capability to produce several hundred-thousand Separative Work Units of enriched uranium.

"The words uttered by some European states indicate that they expect the Iranian nation to both agree to comply with the nuclear deal undertakings and live under sanction", he added.

"The Arabs and Israel surely would be there too", Katz told Israel Radio, adding that if Tehran chose to restart uranium enrichment; "a military coalition will be formed against them [Iranians]". A new accord could also take into account Iran's ballistic missile program, and stop Tehran's activities in Syria and Yemen.

"However, at this particularly critical juncture, they will not contribute to build confidence in the nature of the Iranian nuclear program".

European powers have been scrambling to preserve a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic ever since US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the treaty in May.

That document, examined by The Times, is dated by Israel to 2001 and authorizes the Iranian military to enrich uranium hexafluoride (UF6) by centrifuges from three percent to more than 90 percent - levels which suggest that Iran meant to build a nuclear weapon. What's more, it is unclear whether the US decision to impose sanctions on Iran, which were lifted after Tehran put curbs on its uranium enrichment program, will kill the deal entirely.

The nuclear deal and lifting of punishing nuclear related global sanctions created optimism in Iran after years of economic isolation.

"Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's declaration is a sign of hysteria and mass panic in the Iranian leadership", Lieberman said.

One of Trump's demands - which European allies support in principle - is new negotiations to rein in Iran's ballistic missile program, which was not covered by the nuclear deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrive for a news conference after a meeting in Berlin, Monday, June 4, 2018.

Netanyahu has been a staunch opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal and has repeatedly called for it to be scrapped and for a return of sanctions.

Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the United States has withdrawn from the deal.

In exchange, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were rescinded in January 2016.

French President Emmanuel Macron has been pushing for a new Iran nuclear deal through which the United States and Europe could tackle Trump's concerns about Tehran's nuclear program and beyond.

The European powers are trying to come up with a package to ring-fence trade with Iran against renewed U.

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