Iran enriched its uranium stockpile on Monday passing the 300-kilogram limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said action has been taken as the European countries have failed to fulfil their promises of protecting Iran’s interests under the deal.
Iran has also vowed to begin enriching its stockpile of uranium to higher levels, closer to weapons grade, later this month if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for the nuclear accord.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Iran breaching part of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. He urged the country to continue implementing all its nuclear related commitments.
The move also drew a warning from US President Donald Trump that Tehran was “playing with fire”.
The step, however, could have far-reaching consequences for diplomacy at a time when European countries are trying to pull the United States and Iran back from confrontation.
It comes less than two weeks after Trump said he ordered air strikes on Iran, only to cancel those minutes before impact.