The United States announced on Monday it will lift sanctions waivers on Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant, citing the resumption of enrichment activities at the site.
“President (Hassan) Rouhani recently announced that Iran will begin uranium enrichment activities at the Fordow facility,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a news conference.
“Therefore the United States will terminate the sanctions waiver related to the nuclear facility at Fordow effective December 15, 2019.”
“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero,” Pompeo said at a press briefing
about the Fordow site, where the UN atomic watchdog says Iran has been enriching uranium.
Pompeo went on to say that Iran was making “another clear attempt at nuclear extortion” that would lead to further economic and political isolation from the world.
Protests have spread across the Islamic Republic since Friday, with Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards warning on Monday of taking action if unrest over gasoline price hikes does not cease.
At least 100 banks and dozens of buildings and cars have been torched, state media reported.
“We condemn strongly any acts of violence committed by this regime against the Iranian people and are deeply concerned by reports of several fatalities,” Pompeo said.
“The Islamic Republic must cease violence against its own people and should immediately restore the ability of all Iranians to access a free and open Internet. The world’s watching.”
Earlier the State Department tweeted that Iran’s Central Bank “siphoned billions of US dollars and Euros in 2018 and 2019 into Iran’ss terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force.”
It said in another tweet that President Hassan Rouhani “raided $4.8 billion from the National Development Fund to pay for terrorism.”