Iran has upped the ante by announcing this week that it had breached the internationally-agreed limits on its enriched uranium stocks set under the July 2015 landmark nuclear deal.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed to state news agency Irna on 1 July that “Iran had passed the 300-kg limit of enriched uranium according to the plan we had announced earlier” – a reference to an 8 May threat to EU countries to uphold their side of the 2015 nuclear deal known as the JCPOA (MEES, 10 May). Several EU countries were keen former buyers of Iranian crude but all have halted purchases after US threats ramped up following President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018 (MEES, 18 May 2018). (CONTINUED - 1051 WORDS)