Netanyahu Claims Iran's Move to Boost Uranium Enrichment Shows Intention to Develop Nuclear Weapons

© AP Photo / Vahid SalemiIn this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 photo, an Iranian technician walks through the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran
In this Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 photo, an Iranian technician walks through the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran - Sputnik International
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Earlier in the day, Tehran said it had started producing 20 percent enriched uranium in Fordow nuclear complex.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that Iran's decision to boost its nuclear programme means that the Islamic Republic plans to develop nuclear weapons, and he vowed to stop Tehran from doing this.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has previously confirmed that its inspectors were monitoring the activities at the Fordow facility and that the director-general, Argentina's Rafael Mariano Grossi, would submit a report to the organisation's member states later in the day.

Israel's response came in the wake of a report from Mehr, Iran's semi-official news agency, citing a government spokesman that Iran had resumed 20 percent uranium enrichment.

© AP Photo / Richard DrewIsrael's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an atomic warehouse in Teheran during his address the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018
Netanyahu Claims Iran's Move to Boost Uranium Enrichment Shows Intention to Develop Nuclear Weapons - Sputnik International
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows an atomic warehouse in Teheran during his address the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

Iran's decision to boost enrichment was stipulated by the November bill dubbed "The Strategic Measure for the Removal of Sanctions", which boosted Iranian activities following the assassination of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

Tehran was allowed to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), so the Islamic Republic significantly cut its nuclear material reserves. However, Iran made some changes to what it was allowed to do after the US left the accord in 2018, re-imposing sanction on Tehran.

Right before the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018, Netanyahu made a famous "Iran lied" presentation, claiming that Tehran tried to use its supposedly peaceful nuclear programme to weaponise research in a bid to create a nuclear bomb.

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