The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran should immediately begin enriching uranium. According to him, Iran cannot be simultaneously under sanctions and under “nuclear surveillance,” RIA Novosti reported, citing local media.
Khamenei said that the relevant Iranian bodies should be ready for any decision made by Iranian authorities. The ayatollah also warned Europe that it should not think that Iran will adhere to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) if European countries do not actually oppose the U.S. withdrawal from this treaty and the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Tehran.
In September 2015, the deputy head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that in the next 15 years, Iran is able to reach up to 190,000 separative work units with the help of sixth and eighth generation centrifuges. President of the United States Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington is withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran.