Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Israel's diplomacy with Iran sinks to ‘Mean Girls’ GIFs on Twitter

Israel's diplomacy with Iran sinks to ‘Mean Girls’ GIFs on Twitter

Iran says it has informed the United Nations nuclear agency that it has launched the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium in case the 2015 agreement that curbed its nuclear program collapses.

It was also uncertain whether the opening of the centrifuge plant would have any significant impact on Iran's nuclear program, which continues to be closely monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Paris: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that Israel was not surprised by Iran's declared intention to increase uranium enrichment capacity and reaffirmed a vow to prevent it from obtaining nuclear weapons.

Under the deal, the Islamic Republic curbed its capacity to enrich uranium for nuclear fuel and in return won a lifting of most worldwide sanctions that had hobbled its economy.

European governments have been scrambling to protect their businesses from renewed U.S. sanctions in order to keep Iran in the deal.

Katz believes that the current situation leaves Tehran with two options: Either to accept the 12 conditions outlined by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for the resumption of talks regarding the nuclear deal or "start a process of an economic collapse, and maybe even a regime, collapse".

Iran has strictly and in all circumstances denied pursuing any military ambitions through its nuclear work.

"No one said, "If we reach agreement, please do the verification job".

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European signatories have suggested that the JCPOA should be renegotiated to cover Iran's ballistic missile program and to curb its spreading influence in the Middle East, buoyed by conflicts in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Europeans and Israel were, she said, "united by the goal that Iran must never get a nuclear weapon".

Iran, which won sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, has said repeatedly its nuclear activity was exclusively peaceful in nature.

The letter comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a tour of Europe created to turn European leaders' support for a revived accord into a US-style exit from it.

Israel hopes that evidence from the secret nuclear archive will bolster Netanyahu's efforts to persuade German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Theresa May to follow US President Donald Trump and quit the 2015 nuclear pact.

Israel responded to a threatening tweet by Iran on Monday with a GIF from the hit movie "Mean Girls".

The remaining backers and parties to the agreement, however, have limited influence on Washington, whose wrath they also face after Mr Trump warned that the USA would impose sanctions on companies that continue to do business with Iran. We commit, and I commit again, that we will not let that happen, ' he said.

Israel maintains that Iran duped the West into a one-sided deal and plans to use the break from sanctions to build up its financial reserves before returning to full-scale enrichment of uranium for future nuclear weapons.

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