"Under the nuclear deal, most worldwide sanctions against Tehran were lifted in return for limitations on its nuclear work".
United Nations deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said Monday that the secretary-general encourages Iran to continue implementing all its nuclear commitments under the deal "as the participants continue to seek ways to overcome the considerable challenges the country faces".
Kamalvandi said, "We will not allow the balance to be one-sided and for us to have commitments and not have any benefits". China and Russian Federation both expressed regret at Iran's moves but suggested the US had pushed Iran into a corner.
In his address, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton stressed the Trump Administration's intent to continue ramping up the pressure on Iran until it abandons its pursuit of nuclear weapons and ceases its violent activities in the Middle East, which he said includes "conducting and supporting terrorism around the world".
Netanyahu opposed the accord and urged US President Donald Trump to withdraw from it, which he eventually did. The U.S. has accused Iran of involvement in the bombing of oil tankers in the Gulf, and says it shot down an American drone in worldwide airspace. The downing of the drone almost led to a United States military strike against Iran; it was called off at the last minute by Trump.
Speaking to local news agencies, Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran has exceeded the 3.67 percent limit and was now enriching uranium at 4.5 percent, a rate far below the 90 percent needed to produce a nuclear weapon.More news: France passes tech tax despite United States investigation
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As Germany got "extremely anxious about Iran's announcement", the country urged "Iran to discontinue and reverse any steps that are inconsistent with Iran's commitments under the JCPOA", said a spokesperson of the German Foreign Ministry. He didn't elaborate on what actions the USA might consider, but Trump told reporters: "Iran's doing a lot of bad things".
Iranian officials maintain that the country's nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only, but it is very clear that Iran is looking for leverage so that it can push the Europeans into coming up with a way around the sanctions.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China called on all sides involved to exercise restraint and create conditions to continue safeguarding and implementing the nuclear deal.
Trump warned Tehran on Sunday that "Iran better be careful".
"We will give another 60-day period, and then we will resume the reduction of our commitments", Araghchi said, without elaborating.
He said it was part of the Islamic Republic's "malign" activities that included recent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf region.
Iran's leaders have repeatedly insisted that they do not seek nuclear weapons.