Israel calls for 'military coalition' if Iran boosts enrichment

UN force on the Israeli Syrian border June 2018

UN force on the Israeli Syrian border June 2018 Baz Ratner

The memorandum is signed on behalf of the Iranian army by Amir Daryaban Ali Shamkami, who now serves as secretary of Iran's national security council and a top military adviser to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the report.

President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, arguing that the global accord was not in America's "national interest".

Iran notified the United Nations' Atomic Energy Organisation on Tuesday that it had begun work on increasing its uranium enrichment capacityin case the 2015 nuclear deal falls through.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran's nuclear agency, was quoted by state TV as saying a letter was submitted to the International Atomic Energy Agency detailing the move.

The Iranian authorities have said that if the European countries fail to keep the pact alive, Tehran has several options, including enrichment of its uranium to 20% purity.

European firms, especially those from France and Germany, rushed to invest in Iran following the 2015 accord, under which Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for an end to punishing worldwide sanctions.

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The 2015 deal limited Iran to 3.67 percent uranium enrichment, which has no military applications and is far below the 90 percent needed to produce a weapon.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address a press conference after a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 4, 2018.

"There should be a clear statement [to this effect] by the president of the US and all of the western coalition", Katz said.

'The Arabs and Israel surely would be there too'.

Israel has proposed that "a military coalition" be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues "military-grade" uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the U.S., the Western states and their Arab allies.

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

Iran, which won sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, has said repeatedly its nuclear activity was exclusively peaceful in nature.

Since US President Donald Trump's announcement of the American exit on May 8, European Union leaders have pledged to try to keep Iran's oil trade and investment flowing but admitted that will not be easy to do. The JCPOA allows Iran to pursue a peaceful nuclear program for commercial, medical and industrial purposes in line with worldwide non-proliferation standards.

Issacharoff said that despite "differences of opinion" on how to achieve the aim of hemming in Iran on nuclear matters, "we share the same goal".

However, Netanyahu did urge the French leader to impose economic sanctions on Iran to help dissuade it from pursuing a nuclear weapon. We commit, and I commit again, that we will not let that happen, ' he said.

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