Mojtaba Zonnoor

Increase in uranium stockpile due to US ban on exports

MNA – Chairman of Parliament’s national security commission said the increase in Iran’s uranium stockpile and heavy water is due to US’ ban on their exports, stressing that Iran’s measures do no run counter to the nuclear deal.

Speaking to Mehr correspondent on Saturday, Mojtaba Zonnour, chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said “we have done nothing in violation of the JCPOA. It was the US which caused the increase in our enriched uranium stockpile by banning its exports.”

“The US has also banned the export of Iran’s heavy water, which has also caused an increase in our heavy water reserves,” he added.

Zonnour also maintained that Iran would increase the production of enriched uranium as much as it serves its nuclear needs for peaceful purposes.

“Our officials have repeatedly stated that Iran would reconsider its (JCPOA) decisions when the US returns to the nuclear deal and the Europeans live up to their commitments. JCPOA is not supposed to be a one-sided agreement; rather, all parties have to comply with their commitments,” he stressed.

Gibraltar’s government said in a statement Friday that it is extending the detention of the supertanker by 14 days after obtaining an order from the British territory’s Supreme Court.
“The Supreme Court has issued today’s order on the basis that there are reasonable grounds to consider that the detention of the Grace 1 is required for the purposes of compliance with the EU Regulation 36/2012 on sanctions on Syria,” the statement said.
On Thursday Gibraltar’s chief minister Fabian Picardo said territory authorities had reason to believe the Grace 1 “was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Baniyas Refinery in Syria.”
He added that the refinery “is the property of an entity that is subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.”