NewsIran urges G7 to abandon "destructive policies" as nuclear tensions rise

Iran urges G7 to abandon "destructive policies" as nuclear tensions rise

The G7 has warned Iran against developing its uranium enrichment programme
The G7 has warned Iran against developing its uranium enrichment programme
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Michał Krawiel

16 June 2024 10:31

Iran called on Sunday for the G7 group to break away from its "destructive policies of the past," said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani. He was referring to the group's statement condemning the escalation of Iran’s nuclear programme.

A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Nasser Kanaani, called for the G7 group to abandon its "destructive policies of the past." Kanaani referred to a statement issued by the G7 group, which condemned the escalation of Iran’s nuclear programme.

The G7 group, consisting of the seven most developed economies in the world, issued a warning to Iran on Friday. In this warning, the group called on Iran to stop developing its uranium enrichment programme. Additionally, the G7 announced new steps if Tehran decides to transfer ballistic missiles to Russia.

Iran criticizes Western attempts

In his statement, Kanaani criticised attempts to link the conflict in Ukraine with bilateral cooperation between Iran and Russia. An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman stated that such actions are taken to achieve biased political goals. Kanaani added that some countries "resort to false accusations to continue imposing sanctions" against Iran.

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adopted a resolution calling on Iran to tighten its cooperation with it and to agree to IAEA inspections. Tehran opposed this, prompting Iran to take actions such as deploying additional uranium enrichment centrifuges at its underground facility in the village of Fordo.

Kanaani said Iran would continue "constructive interaction and technical cooperation" with the IAEA. However, he described the resolution adopted by the IAEA as "politically biased."

According to the IAEA, Iran is currently enriching uranium to 60 percent, nearing the 90 percent level required to produce nuclear weapons. The Agency believes Iran currently has enough enriched uranium to produce three atomic bombs.

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