Spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi announced that the country’s nuclear facilities will quadruple their low-level uranium enrichment in Tehran on Monday, saying the country would take stronger actions if European countries weren’t able to help lift sanctions on Iran.
"We have decided to quadruple production for the time being, but there is a very immense capacity to multiply even the already [existing] capacity and production," Kamalvandi said.
"So we do hope that the Europeans will come up with an idea to resolve the problem," he added. "They have to think about the rights of Iran, especially removal of sanctions – unjust sanctions."
Kamalvandi concluded, "We hope they will be able to do something, otherwise, I think they will have to wait for more, stronger actions."
Tensions have been rising between the US and Iran in recent weeks, since Tehran announced it would partially withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on May 8, one year after the United States withdrew and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.
US President Donald Trump tweeting on May 19 that Iran would meet its "official end" if it were to threaten the United States.