Iran reportedly enriches uranium surpassing the bounds set by the 2015 nuclear deal, as tension between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic continues to mount.
According to the spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, the Islamic Republic began enriching uranium to 4.5% on Monday.
This comes just days after Iran reported it had acquired enough low-enriched uranium to break the limits set by the nuclear accord.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning to the Islamic country on Sunday saying, “Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program.”
Pompeo continued by saying, “Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”
President Trump has also warned Iran against surpassing the 2015 deal’s terms and urged the country to “be careful.”
President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal last year, however, the deal’s European signatories have tried to salvage it as the Iranian economy continues to struggle with U.S. sanctions.
Just last month, Iran shot down an American drone which it claimed was in Iranian airspace, though other officials claim it was in the airspace over the Strait of Hormuz.
President Trump was prepared to strike Iran in response to the attack, but decided against the move shortly before it was scheduled to take place.