Reports: Iran Increases Production of Enriched Uranium
Iran has increased production of low-enriched uranium at a time of tensions with the United States over Iran's nuclear deal with western powers.
Two semi-official Iranian news agencies reported Monday that Iran now produces four times as much low-enriched uranium as before. Enriched uranium can be used to produce nuclear power. It also can be used to make nuclear weapons.
The news agency reports appeared just after U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran it would face its "official end" if it ever threatened America again.
His warning comes after days of increased tensions between the two sides. The tensions were fueled by the Trump administration's deployment of bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf. U.S. officials have defended the move, saying it was to answer threats from Iran.
Administration officials plan to inform U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday about the threat they say that Iran poses to the country and U.S. interests.
Earlier this month, officials of the United Arab Emirates claimed that four oil transport ships were sabotaged. Yemeni rebels allied with Iran used drone aircraft to launch an attack on an oil pipeline in Saudi Arabia. And U.S. diplomats said airline companies could be mistakenly attacked by Iran, an idea Iran has dismissed.
Timeline of Iran's nuclear program
The tensions between Iran and the United States come one year after Trump decided the U.S. would withdraw from a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Both the United States and Iran say they do not want war. Yet many observers worry any mistake by either side could lead to events out of their control.
Both the semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on the increased production of enriched uranium. They said the information came from a spokesman for Iran's nuclear agency. The official said Iran "in weeks" would reach the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. He added that the government had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency about its move.
Trump's comment came just hours after a Katyusha rocket fell in Baghdad's Green Zone, about 1.5 kilometers from the U.S. Embassy. No injuries were reported.
An Iraqi military official told the Associated Press that the rocket was fired from East Baghdad. That area is home to many Iran-supported militias.
Trump wrote on Twitter, "If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!"
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that Trump was making "genocidal taunts. He ended his tweet with "Try respect – it works!"
Trump ordered the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and strengthened sanctions against Iran. The U.S. government also has warned of actions against other nations if they import Iranian oil.
Iran just announced it was backing away from the nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium if sanctions were removed. Iran has given European countries 60 days to come up with a new deal or it will begin enriching uranium at a higher level.
Iran has always said it does not seek nuclear weapons. But Western nations have questioned this claim.
Appearing on Fox News television on Sunday, Trump called the 2015 nuclear deal a "horror show."
"I just don't want them to have nuclear weapons and they can't be threatening us," he said.
Yet the nuclear deal had prevented Iran from getting enough highly-enriched uranium for a bomb. United Nations inspectors repeatedly said that Iran was honoring the deal.
On Sunday, the U.S. Navy announced it would begin security patrols in international waters along with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The council includes many Gulf States.
1.nuclear agreement 核协议
During his campaign for president, Trump strongly criticized the nuclear agreement.
2.Gulf States 海湾国家
Many Gulf States have also become substantial donors.
3.nuclear weapons 核武器
He campaigned for peace and against the spread of nuclear weapons.
4.western powers 西方国家
Britain has allied itself with other western powers for trade and defence.
5.Iran has given European countries 60 days to come up with a new deal or it will begin enriching uranium at a higher level.
come up with 提出
The president was moved to come up with these suggestions after the hearings.
I don't think he can come up with any clever move.
6.Iran has increased production of low-enriched uranium at a time of tensions with the United States over Iran's nuclear deal with western powers.
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特朗普的警告是在两国紧张关系加剧数日后作出的 。特朗普政府向波斯湾部署了轰炸机和一艘航母，进一步加剧了紧张局势 。美国官员对此辩护称，是为了回应伊朗的威胁 。
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美国和伊朗都表示，无意发动战争 。然而，很多观察人士担心，任何一方的失误都有可能导致事态失控 。
半官方的法尔斯通讯社以及塔斯尼姆通讯社都报道了浓缩铀产量的增加 。他们称，这一消息来自伊朗核机构的发言人 。该官员表示，伊朗在“几周内”将达到核协议规定的300公斤的限制 。他补充说，伊朗政府已将这一行动通报给国际原子能机构 。
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特朗普下令美国退出2015年的伊核协议，并加强对伊朗的制裁 。美国政府还警告称，如果其它国家进口伊朗石油，美国将采取行动 。
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