UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

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Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, said he had ordered preparations for enrichment, should the 2015 nuclear deal fail completely.

On Tuesday, Iranian diplomat Ali Akbar Salehi reiterated that Iran "will remain within the framework of the 2015 nuclear agreement", as the country prepares to inform the United Nations' nuclear agency that is beginning to increase capacity to produce uranium.

"What Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency about its capacities was nearly comical compared to what we have here", a senior Israeli intelligence officer involved in the analysis of the secret cache told The Times.

Iranian authorities have said that if the European countries failed to keep the pact alive, Tehran had several options, including resuming its 20 per cent uranium enrichment.

Netanyahu has been a staunch opponent of the Iranian nuclear deal and has repeatedly called for it to be scrapped and for a return of sanctions.

It highlights the whole issue of Iran's formerly ambitious enrichment programme and again raises the question as to exactly what this enrichment programme was ultimately for.

"Iran said there had only been feasibility and scientific studies but what we see is that Iran ran a fully fledged nuclear weapons program and that it followed directions from the political levels", the official added.

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At the same time, relations between Israel and Iran have dramatically escalated over the latter's alleged military presence in Syria, being further exacerbated by a suspected Israeli attack in the suburbs of Syria's Damascus against arms depots, which according to Tel Aviv belonged to Tehran's Revolutionary Guards. In exchange, the country received relief from crippling sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

After eight years with Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu found the USA president he wanted in Donald Trump.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, address the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin.

However, Netanyahu did urge the French leader to impose economic sanctions on Iran to help dissuade it from pursuing a nuclear weapon.

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

Trump also objected that the 2015 deal, reached under his predecessor Barack Obama, did not address Iran's nuclear work beyond 2025 or its role in conflicts in Yemen and Syria.

"We are here to say hello to Netanyahu and remind him and the world of the dozens of unarmed Palestinians that have been killed by the Israeli army in the last month", said 19-year-old student Antoine, waving a flag expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people.

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