US President Trump warns Iran: Nuclear threat could ‘come back to bite you’

US President Donald Trump

Washington DC, July 4: United States President Donald Trump has warned Iran to be careful with its threats that could “come back to bite” on Wednesday, after Tehran pledged to uplift its low-uranium enrichment limit set under its landmark 2015 international nuclear deal with world powers.

Referring to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Trump, in a tweet, said, “Iran has just issued a New Warning. Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to ‘any amount we want’ if there is no new Nuclear Deal.”

“Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!”

According to Al-Jazeera news reports, Rouhani said his decision to exceed the uranium-enrichment limit was in retaliation to the failure of other signatories of the INF Treaty to secure the deal in line with their commitments to it and provide Tehran relief from US sanctions.

“[But] from July 7 onward with the Arak reactor, if you don’t operate [according to] the programme and timeframe of all the commitments you’ve given us, we will return the Arak reactor to its previous condition,” Rouhani warned signatories on Wednesday.

“We will return to that unless you take action regarding all your commitments regarding Arak.”

Also read: US in position to do ‘far worse’: Donald Trump warns Iran amid Tehran exceeding uranium-enrichment limit

Trump has on Monday warned Tehran, stating Washington is in a position to do “far worse” amid reports Iran has kicked off enriching uranium exceeding the limits outlined in the landmark 2015 international nuclear deal.

During an interview with Fox News, the US president said, “We are in a position to do far worse.”

This Iranian move marked the first major action beyond the obligations to the treaty since Washington pulled itself out of the International Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty last year.

The United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – responsible for monitoring Iranian nuclear program under the treaty – has confirmed Tehran had exceeded the uranium-enriching limits.

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