Iran has said it will breach on 27 June the limit on its stockpile of enriched uranium that was capped under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The country announced last month that it would quadruple its production of low-enriched uranium in retaliation for sanctions reinstated by the US.
Enriched uranium is used to make reactor fuel but also nuclear weapons and the decision can put the country closer to being able to produce weapons-grade material.
Also Monday, Iranian media quoted the chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s Nuclear Committee, Mojtaba Zonnour, saying that Iran will consider leaving the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) altogether if Europe’s JCPOA signatories fail to do their share of saving the agreement before the 60-day deadline.
European powers have warned Iran they will have no choice but to reimpose sanctions if the deal is violated.
Tehran stopped complying with some elements of the nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May, a year after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal. Under it, Iran had agreed to limit its nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on May 8 the remaining signatories – the United Kingdom, France, Germany, China and Russia – had 60 days to implement their promises to protect Iran’s oil and banking sectors from reimposed US sanctions.