The new sanctions by Washington “indicate the desperation of the United States”, according to Tehran.
U.S. authorities have imposed sanctions on Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and its leader, Ali Akbar Salehi. This was announced by the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday, January 30.
The new restrictions are related to the decree of U.S. President Donald Trump, “which is aimed against the distributors of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters,” said Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran, Reuters reported.
According to him, the Organization for Atomic Energy of Iran played a significant role in Tehran’s violation of its nuclear obligations.
“It exceeded the limit on uranium reserves and the level of its enrichment, the head of the organization personally announced the installation of new modern centrifuges to expand the possibilities of uranium enrichment,” Hook added, and reminded, “President Trump is committed not to allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon.”
In turn, Iran said that the new U.S. sanctions “show Washington’s desperation.” Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, expressed the view that these sanctions “have no value and are childish”.
“Such measures will have no impact on our nuclear program. It will continue in full force, based on Iran’s needs,” he said.
Last week, Iran made enough technological progress to enrich uranium to any level in percentage terms. After the fifth step to reduce Tehran’s obligations under the nuclear deal, the stockpile of enriched uranium exceeded 1.2 thousand. Kilograms.