Free Beacon: Iran Threatens to Restart Nuclear Enrichment Program

Iranian Rial Hits Record Low; Dealers Stop Trading Dollar, Euro

"Maybe in name sanctions have been lifted, but in practice countries that can work with us still see Iran as high risk and transferring money is still a big problem", said Reza, who runs a foreign-exchange business in Tehran and did not want to give his family name because of sensitivities of speaking with foreign media in Iran.

According to Reuters, Iran promises to ramp up its nuclear program if the deal collapses, though many feel as though the deal has done little to diminish Iran's nuclear efforts anyway.

The disclosure has roiled Trump administration insiders and nuclear experts who have been warning for months that Iran never fully disclosed the nature of its nuclear weapons work and progress as worldwide leaders struggle to fix the deal by May, according to those who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon about the situation.

Rouhani's speech came in light of National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran, where the country unveiled its latest nuclear achievements - including a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry.

"The attack apparently affected 200,000 router switches across the world in a widespread attack, including 3,500 switches in our country", the Communication and Information Technology Ministry said in a statement carried by Iran's official news agency IRNA.

US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron have vowed a strong response to the suspected poison gas attack, which left dozens dead, and the UN Security Council was expected to discuss the crisis later today.

On Sunday, Salehi was quoted as saying that Tehran needs only four days to ramp up its uranium enrichment at the Fordow nuclear plant, if the U.S. withdraws from the deal.

The attack comes just a day after the U.S., the European Union, as well as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member Turkey, had accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons in Douma, Eastern Ghouta. Fordow is a facility south of the holy city of Qom.

"If senior Islamic Republic officials issue an order to resume the 20-percent enrichment, we can do it in [the] Fordo [nuclear facility] within four days", Salehi was quoted as saying in Iran's state-controlled FARS News Agency.

"Our ability for reversal in other areas will be far greater than before", he said.

The Iranian President made the remarks on Monday while receiving the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Vyacheslav Volodin, in Tehran. "We are hoping that there will be no need for that, but if there is, it will be a scientific challenge". He said, if his demands are not met within 120 days, the U.S. will withdraw from the deal.

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