John Bolton, the US national security advisor said that Iran has already crossed many red lines in terms of violation of the Iran nuclear deal. He highlighted an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report about Iran’s violation of the limitations on the use of more sophisticated centrifuges, according to an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s CFO network meeting, held in Washington, which took place on Tuesday, June 11th.
Iran is considered to have crossed many of the red lines as it keeps increasing production of enriched uranium, according to accounts of the IAEA.
“One of the most important limits that Iran should comply with is halting enrichment beyond the reactors grade, not moving towards weapons grade,” Bolton added.
Iran has demonstrated it won’t give up pursuit of nuclear weapons. “So, the president’s decision to withdraw from the treaty and impose sanctions on the Iranian economy has devastating effects on Iranian economy. And we think we are going to continue the pursuit on.”
Bolton believes the end game with Iran will mainly be focused on “the give-up of the pursuit of nuclear weapons, the ballistic missiles and terrorist activities in the region”.
IAEA chief, Yukiya Amano, whose agency is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, said on June 10th that Iran is now producing more enriched uranium than before, but it was not clear when it might reach the stockpile limits set in the pact.
Washington has tightened sanctions since April, targeting industrial and oil sectors, ordering all countries and companies to halt imports from Iran. In addition, it has sent to send more troops to the Middle East to counter Iranian threats.
Meanwhile, Iran has responded with a threat to increase its enrichment of uranium, saying it is up to Europeans who still support the nuclear deal to save it by finding ways to ensure Tehran gets the economic benefits it was promised.