The United States has accused Iran of crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the international community” by violating the 2015 nuclear deal.
US ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency admonished world powers not to give in to “nuclear extortion” from Tehran.
This comes after the announcement of Iran last week that it had exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to stockpile under limitations set in the 2015 nuclear deal.
Since then, it also announced it has started enriching uranium past the 3.67% purity allowed, to 4.5%, and IAEA inspectors verified both developments. But the US said there was no credible reason for Iran to breach two key commitments on uranium enrichment.
Iran has said the steps were a response to the sanctions the US reinstated when it abandoned the deal last year.
It has vowed to reverse them if it is given compensation for economic losses.