Free Beacon: Iran Threatens to Restart Nuclear Enrichment Program

The government will sell the USA dollar at a rate of 42,000 rials to all individuals and businesses, Iran's First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said in a statement recorded for state TV and published on its website, adding that enemies of the Islamic Republic and of the government were behind the instability. Rouhani added, "Our response will be stronger than what they imagine and they would see that within a week".

Rouhani's speech came in light of National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran, where the country unveiled its latest nuclear achievements - including a nuclear battery and centrifuges for the oil industry.

He said it was not yet clear who had carried out the attack.

"I would like to tell the Iranian nation that our nuclear industry is now moving forward more strongly and accurately than before", he noted, adding that the clear message of the nuclear achievements unveiled on Monday is the faster spinning of Iran's centrifuges.

The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings, triggering an armed rebellion fuelled by mass defections from the Syrian army.

The statement said the attack, which hit internet service providers and cut off web access for subscribers, was made possible by a vulnerability in routers from Cisco which had earlier issued a warning and provided a patch that some firms had failed to install over the Iranian new year holiday.

"Iran views the outcome of the Ankara summit as a green light to continue entrenching itself in Syria", one senior defense official said, calling it "a disconcerting development for Israel".

Republican Senator Bob Corker said "significant progress" had been made on bipartisan congressional legislation to "address the flaws in the agreement without violating US commitments". Israel also destroyed the drone's remote guidance system and two additional Iranian targets in Syria.

Without mentioning the USA, he said other parties to the deal are "instigating Iran" to break its commitment to the agreement.

On Sunday, Salehi was quoted as saying that Tehran needs only four days to ramp up its uranium enrichment at the Fordow nuclear plant, if the United States withdraws from the deal.

Nephew, a former White House and State Department Iran sanctions expert, said legislation could be drafted that might appear to assuage Trump's concerns, but that getting Iran to agree to allow unfettered global inspections or to no time limits on the nuclear deal's restrictions was impossible. Many believe the United States will withdraw from the deal.

Iran remains largely cut off from worldwide financial networks because of USA sanctions.

  • Joey Payne