President Trump on Friday punched back at Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after he defiantly declared that his country would increase the level of enriched uranium by “any amount we want,” rejecting pleas from European powers to uphold the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Iran has just issued a New Warning. Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to ‘any amount we want’ if there is no new Nuclear Deal. Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!” the commander in chief tweeted, without elaborating on potential consequences.
Rouhani, speaking at a cabinet meeting Wednesday, said Iran will increase its enrichment beginning Sunday unless those remaining in the pact help ease crushing US sanctions against the country.
“In any amount that we want, any amount that is required, we will take over 3.67,” Rouhani said.
“Our advice to Europe and the United States is to go back to logic and to the negotiating table,” he continued.
“Go back to understanding, to respecting the law and resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. Under those conditions, all of us can abide by the nuclear deal.”
Under the Obama-era accord, Tehran is barred from enriching uranium above 3.67 percent, which would allow its use in nuclear power plans but nowhere near the 90 percent needed for nuclear weapons.
The European powers have been seeking a diplomatic solution to the crisis after Iran announced on Monday that it had surpassed its stockpile limit of 300 kilograms.