Posted on June 18, 2019
Its atomic energy agency said it had quadrupled production of the material, which is used to make reactor fuel and potentially nuclear weapons.
But it added there was “still time” for European countries to act by protecting Iran from reinstated US sanctions.
The US, which pulled out of the deal, accused Iran of “nuclear extortion”.
“This is a pattern of 40 years of behaviour, it’s consistent with how the Iranian regime behaves,” US state department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. “We would say to the international community that we should not yield to nuclear extortion by the Iranian regime.” The UK, France and Germany have warned Iran not to violate the 2015 deal.
They have previously said they will have no choice but to reimpose their own sanctions, which were lifted in return for limits on the Iranian nuclear programme.
In a separate development, Iran said it had broken up a cyber spying network run by the CIA. It said several US spies had been arrested in different countries. The US did not immediately comment on the allegation.
The latest developments come at a time of high tension in the Middle East, with the US accusing Iran of being behind suspected attacks that left two oil tankers ablaze in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday. Iran has denied any involvement.