Iran needs cash now, launches extortion campaign with threat to resume nuke activity

Iran needs cash now, launches extortion campaign with threat to resume nuke activity
Nuclear complex at Arak, Iran. CC-BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia/Nanking2012

[Ed. – Apparently the mullahs can’t just call 877-CASHNOW.  Trump must have that avenue closed off too.]

Top Iranian leaders issued a series of warnings on Tuesday, telling world leaders it is on the brink of restarting a significant portion of its most contested nuclear work, including the enrichment of uranium to prohibited levels that could be used as part of a weapons program.

With tensions mounting between the United States and Iran following a bevy on new sanctions issued by the Trump administration, Iranian leaders warned their counterparts in Europe that the country will begin to enrich uranium—the key component in a nuclear weapon—to levels needed for weapons research.

Iran also will begin to stockpile low-enriched uranium instead of shipping it out of the country, as it had been doing under the nuclear agreement. The Islamic Republic also will stop exporting its heavy water reserves, a nuclear byproduct that can provide a plutonium-based pathway to a weapon.

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