Iran quadruples production of enriched uranium, officials say

US President Donald Trump greets Switzerland’s President Ueli Maurer before a meeting at the White House

Earlier this month, Trump said he'd like to see Iran call him, which some saw as an indication the US was open to negotiations with Tehran.

Oman has many times served as a mediator in relations between the United States, Iran and the Gulf states.

"If they do something, it will be met with great force but we have no indication that they will". Since Trump withdrew America a year ago from the pact, the US has re-imposed previous sanctions and come up with new ones, as well as warning other nations they would be subject to sanctions as well if they import Iranian oil.

Senator Lindsey Graham said he was briefed on tensions with Tehran by National Security Advisor John Bolton, a longtime hawk who called for an attack on Iran before taking his White House job.

Zarif downplayed the prospect of a new war in the region on Saturday, saying Tehran opposed it and no party was under the "illusion" that Iran could be confronted. "If they are not ready, they don't have to bother". The heavily fortified area within Baghdad was subjected to repeated rocket and other attacks throughout the US -led occupation of Iraq, which officially ended in 2011, but has been the target of sporadic indirect weapons fire since then, as well.

The potential for increased attacks on the Green Zone from Iranian-linked Iraq militias was reportedly the reason why U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rushed to Iraq on May 7, 2019, according to Reuters, citing unnamed Iraqi officials.

Britain is warning Iran against provoking the White House.

The escalation come a year after President Trump withdrew from Iran's 2015 nuclear accord.

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The state-run IRNA news agency quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, as acknowledging that capacity had been quadrupled.

The latest news follows months of strict sanctions against Iran after President Trump dismantled the Iran Nuclear agreement.

Top Democrats say Trump escalated problems by abruptly withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, a complex accord negotiated during the Obama administration to prevent the country from nuclear weapons production.

On Sunday, Iran's regional rival Saudi Arabia announced plans for emergency summits with Gulf and Arab League members to discuss "aggressions and their consequences".

But while Trump's approach of flattery and threats has become a hallmark of his foreign policy, the risks have only grown in dealing with Iran, where mistrust between Tehran and Washington stretch back four decades. "Economic terrorism and genocidal taunts won't "end Iran", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Trump has condemned the accord, signed by his predecessor Barack Obama, as flawed for not being permanent and for not covering Iran's ballistic missile programme and role in conflicts around the Middle East. The official said Iran "in weeks" would reach the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear deal. Under the deal Iran can enrich uranium at 3.67%, well below the 90% purity required to make bombs and the 20% level to which Iran enriched before the deal.

That multilateral accord, which several European countries remain committed to, saw Iran agree to curb its nuclear programme in exchange for a lifting of global sanctions.

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