US urges rejection of Iran’s “nuclear extortion” — Pompeo

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday called on the international community work together for preventing Iran from upgrading its uranium enrichment capacities.

“Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror while it undermines the sovereignty of its neighbors,” he said in a statement.

“Members of the international community who are rightly concerned with Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran would behave with a nuclear weapon. “The United States will never allow this to happen,” Pompeo vowed.

“It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action,” he added.

Later today he said in a tweet, “Iran’s plans to increase its nuclear activity at Fordow raise concerns that Iran is positioning itself for a rapid nuclear breakout.” “It is now time for all nations to reject its nuclear extortion and increase pressure,” he added.

Secretary Pompeo was commenting on Iran’s declaration two days ago that it would increase the level of uranium enrichment to five percent concentration at Fordow nuclear plant in violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which Tehran concluded with the P5+1 in July 2015. Yesterday, Iran cancelled the accreditation of a female inspector from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and barred her from entering Natanz uranium enrichment plan.

Source: Kuwait News Agency