France calls on Iran to reverse excess uranium enrichment

France calls on Iran to reverse excess uranium enrichment
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France called on Iran Tuesday to reduce its stockpile of low-enrichment uranium, which now exceeds a limit in the Obama-era nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronHere are the US allies that have been caught in Trump's crosshairs Trump, Macron hold impromptu lunch to kick off G-7 meeting Brazil's Bolsonaro reverses on Amazon, announces plans to send armed forces to fight wildfires MORE expressed “his attachment to the full respect of the 2015 nuclear accord and asks Iran to reverse without delay this excess, as well as to avoid all extra measures that would put into question its nuclear commitments,” in a statement, according to Reuters.

The statement reportedly added that Macron would take steps in the coming days to ensure Iran met its obligations and continued to benefit from the economic advantages of the deal.

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The international organization that monitors Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal confirmed state reports Monday that Tehran had exceeded its limit.

“In response to media inquiries, we can confirm that IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano today informed the Board of Governors that the Agency verified on 1 July that Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile exceeded 300kg of UF6 enriched up to 3.67% U-235 (or the equivalent in different chemical forms),” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal — negotiated by the Obama administration and co-signed by the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China and Russia — Iran can stockpile no more than 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium.

China on Tuesday said it regretted the violation but urged all parties to exercise restraint and said the U.S. policy of increasing pressure on Iran was the “root cause of the current tensions," Reuters noted.

The Trump administration withdrew the United States from the accord in May 2018, reimposing harsh sanctions on Iran.

Since then, the U.S. has increased pressure on Iran, deploying troops to the region and labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization.

Less than two weeks ago, President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavid Axelrod after Ginsburg cancer treatment: Supreme Court vacancy could 'tear this country apart' EU says it will 'respond in kind' if US slaps tariffs on France Ginsburg again leaves Supreme Court with an uncertain future MORE called off a military strike against Iran at the last minute that was meant to respond to the downing of a U.S. surveillance drone.

The uranium that Iran currently possesses is not weapons grade.