Netanyahu: 'We are not surprised' by inflammatory Khamenei remarks

Netanyahu: 'We are not surprised' by inflammatory Khamenei remarks

The Israeli consulate in NY was also singularly unmoved by the Iranian leader's latest bloodcurdling threats.

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Tuesday to convince European states to abandon a nuclear deal with Iran, saying that Tehran's threats to increase uranium enrichment capacity showed it still planned to destroy Israel.

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier tweeted that Tehran is beginning to make the preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity within the framework of the JCPOA.

Last month, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal that set strict limits on Iran's uranium enrichment in return for the lifting of global sanctions.

They are seeking to ring-fence trade with Iran against new USA financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal.

In his speech marking the 29th anniversary of the death of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Khamenei insisted on resisting USA pressure and again warned of a harsh response if Iran came under attack.

Under the 2015 agreement, Iran can only enrich uranium to 3.67%. Iran has repeatedly denied seeking a nuclear weapon from enrichment.

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Khamenei and various Iranian political figures have already warned that Iran could leave the agreement if it no longer receives the economic benefits it signed up for.

European countries and China have said they will stand by the existing nuclear accord.

"I will discuss with them ways to block Iran's nuclear aspirations and Iran's expansion in the Middle East", Netanyahu said last week of his European meetings, noting the issues were "crucial to Israel's security". Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce...

Netanyahu said that he had not asked Macron to leave the deal but that the talks focused on "how to stop Iranian agression in the region".

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif began a diplomatic tour last month in an effort to persuade the deal's other signatories to keep to it. Although much remains unknown about the country's activities, they are advanced - unlike Iran it has built and tested nuclear weapons.

As EU businesses face retaliation from the United States for doing business with Iran, many are opting to avoid Iran.

"By preventing Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, we're also preventing something that could be very, very unsafe for Europe", he added.

"However, we have liaised with stakeholders and had a number of exchanges and through these exchanges it is very clear that if there is anybody, any organisation that can do the verification, it is us, the IAEA", he said.

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