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Iran to resume nuclear enrichment if Trump nixes 2015 deal: Iranian FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that Tehran's 'probable' response to a US withdrawal from the 2015 agreement would be to restart production of enriched uranium

AFP | PTI  |  New York 

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Iran is ready to "vigorously" resume nuclear enrichment if the United States ditches the 2015 nuclear deal, and further "drastic measures" are being considered in response to a US exit, Iranian Foreign Minister warned.

Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran's "probable" response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium -- a key bomb-making ingredient.

"America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment," Zarif said.

US President has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to "fix" the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.

First Published: Sun, April 22 2018. 10:14 IST
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