Iran warns of increased nuclear steps if Europeans don't act

Iran warns of increased nuclear steps if Europeans don't act
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Iran said Monday that it would further violate the Obama-era nuclear deal if Europe fails to protect it from U.S. sanctions, Reuters reported.

“With the continuation of the inaction of the Europeans in carrying out their commitments [to the nuclear deal] ... Iran will take a third step [in reducing commitments] in approximately one month,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said, according to the news service.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpChasten Buttigieg: 'I've been dealing with the likes of Rush Limbaugh my entire life' Lawmakers paint different pictures of Trump's 'opportunity zone' program We must not turn our heads from the effects of traumatic brain injuries MORE pulled out of the multinational nuclear deal with Iran last year and imposed harsh sanctions on the country.

The agreement promised sanctions relief for Tehran in exchange for curbs to its nuclear program.

Iran recently scaled back its commitments under the nuclear deal by amassing more low-enriched uranium than the pact permits and beginning to enrich uranium above the threshold agreed to in 2015.

All of Iran’s steps, Kamalvandi said Monday, were reversible if the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China eventually protected the nation from Washington’s sanctions squeeze, according to Reuters.

Kamalvandi did not specify what Iran’s next violation would be, but Tehran warned last month it could reactivate centrifuge machines and ramp up enrichment of uranium even further.