Netanyahu heads to Europe seeking about-face on Iran

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The European Union said Tuesday that a "first assessment" indicated that Iran's announcement that it has launched a plan to boost uranium enrichment capacity did not breach its commitments under the beleaguered 2015 nuclear deal. N. nuclear watchdog of "tentative" plans to produce the feedstock for centrifuges, the machines that enrich uranium.

Netanyahu, who has railed against the deal which offers sanctions relief in exchange for strict limits on Iran's nuclear activities, will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in the late afternoon, followed by a joint news conference.

"If the Iranians don't surrender now, and try to return" to unsupervised uranium enrichment, 'there should be a clear statement by the President of the United States and all of the Western coalition, ' he said.

The remaining parties - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - have vowed to stay in the accord but many of their companies have already started to wind down Iranian operations. Britain, France and Germany have suggested addressing other concerns about Iran through a supplemental agreement.

"The words uttered by some European states indicate that they expect the Iranian nation to both agree to comply with the nuclear deal undertakings and live under sanction", Khamenei said on Monday, clarifying his threat. "Yesterday, he explained how he wants to do it - with unlimited uranium enrichment to create a nuclear arsenal", he said. They are seeking to ring-fence trade with Iran against new US financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal.

"Under the current circumstances, the EU's political will is not enough to preserve the nuclear deal", Zarif said last month after meeting European Union ministers in Brussels.

"If conditions allow, maybe tomorrow night at Natanz, we can announce the opening of the center for production of new centrifuges" for uranium enrichment, Salehi said Tuesday, quoted by conservative news agency Fars.

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.

Major worldwide companies are already beginning to distance themselves from Iran in fear of United States sanctions.

Trump abandoned the agreement on 8 May, arguing that he wanted a bigger deal that not only limited Iran's atomic work but also reined in its support for proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon and that curbed its ballistic missile program.

Katz noted that many worldwide companies from France, England, Germany, Russia and other countries have already announced their intention to suspend their activity in Iran "because they don't want to be subject to the American sanctions".

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.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 5, 2018. Iran is trying to pressure the Europeans to come up with a compensation for the US pulling out.

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