Breaking news out of the Middle East where Iranian President Rouhani announced that the country would “begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges”:
NEW: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani just announced Iran will resume uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges https://t.co/Ha5jn0j68H
— Axios (@axios) November 5, 2019
This is a “substantial breach of the 2015 nuclear deal”:
Why it matters: This is a substantial breach of the 2015 nuclear deal by Iran. In the nuclear deal Iran committed to stop enrichment at Fordow and turn the facility to a reaserach center. This is the 1st time since the nuclear deal the Iranians are resuming enrichment at Fordow
— Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) November 5, 2019
So, what will the U.S. or Europe do about it?
Not sure the Iranians could have chosen a more provocative violation of the JCPOA. Totally unacceptable. US withdrawal from JCPOA, lack of international unity, and Iran’s belief in no US response has accelerated us to this point. https://t.co/HjQ3Asqniy
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) November 5, 2019
Although we will caution that “@HassanRouhani didn’t confirm Iran will enrich uranium at the underground site but only said would inject gas there”:
Our story on #Iran Fordow, where we're careful to spell out that @HassanRouhani didn't confirm Iran will enrich uranium at the underground site but only said would inject gas there. Still, anything new on Fordow will cause deep concern in western capitals. https://t.co/chQpu2FihI
— laurence norman (@laurnorman) November 5, 2019
But, if he is doing this, oooh boy:
Iran’s steps 1 & 2 were met with some relief in the US as they appeared less drastic than many had thought and were fairly reversible.
Step 3 introduced a degree of irreversibility that began to raise concerns.
Step 4 is a significant escalation. https://t.co/vmTWoRtKLT
— Ariane Tabatabai (@ArianeTabatabai) November 5, 2019