Iran’s atomic energy agency (AEOI) said on Wednesday that it has reopened a nuclear plant that had been closed for nine years, as reported by Reuters. . .
President Trump announced last month that the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord from 2015 — which the participating European countries (and the Obama administration) saw as a way to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
But with the U.S. backing out, the deal is seen as vulnerable. Weeks ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gave the go-ahead for AEOI to resume uranium enrichment in case JDPOA falls apart completely. . .
In a statement on its website, the AEOI insists that “The Islamic Republic of Iran regards (the) use of nuclear and chemical weapons as a cardinal and unforgivable sin,” and says their country’s motto is, “Nuclear energy (for) all, nuclear weapons for none.” . . .
With President Trump’s rejection of JCPOA, economic sanctions will be reimposed on Iran in the coming months. This has led to elevation tensions between Iran and the U.S.; on Wednesday, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani told Iranians to “bring America to its knees.” (Read more from “With Obama’s Deal Falling Apart, Here’s What’s Happening in Iran” HERE)