The Iranian government said they would no longer comply with the limits of a 2015 nuclear deal in response to a U.S. airstrike that killed General Qassem Soleimani. The agreement was aimed at preventing Iran from building an atomic bomb, while still allowing the country to invest in nuclear power. The deal placed limits on how much uranium Iran could enrich and how much enriched uranium they could stockpile. It also placed restrictions on the research and development of its nuclear activities.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will end its final limitations in the nuclear deal, meaning the limitation in the number of centrifuges. Therefore Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production, including enrichment capacity and percentage and number of enriched uranium and research and expansion," Iran’s National Security Council said in a statement.
President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, but other countries who agreed to the deal attempted to salvage what they could. Now, the deal appears dead, though Iranian officials suggested they would be open to honor the terms of the agreement if recently imposed sanctions are lifted.
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