Tehran threatens to respond “firmly” to any new European sanctions
Yesterday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard announced the launch of a hypersonic ballistic missile, in a move that raised the concern of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Commander of the IRGC’s missile unit, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said, “This missile has a high speed and can maneuver in and out of the atmosphere. It can target the enemy’s advanced anti-missile systems, which is a big leap in the field of missiles,” according to “Reuters”.
It was not clear the missile’s range or whether Iran had tested it so far.
The director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, told Agence France-Presse that “such announcements exacerbate fears and increase attention to the Iranian nuclear file,” adding that “this must have an impact.” Grossi concluded: “We tell our Iranian counterparts that they must cooperate with us. Reducing cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and limiting visits by our experts and inspectors will not provide confidence in what they are doing.”
And according to a report by the International Agency, yesterday, that Tehran agreed to visit the agency’s experts, this month, to provide answers on the source of uranium particles in 3 undisclosed sites, in a presentation that precedes the quarterly meeting of the International Agency, scheduled for next week.
The UN agency said that Iran’s stockpile of 60 percent enriched uranium has reached 62 kilograms, and this is very enough, if the enrichment is increased to 90 percent, to make one nuclear bomb.
In another context, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran’s response would be “proportionate and firm” to any European effort to impose new sanctions due to a bloody crackdown on protests in the country, which continued yesterday for the 45th day in several cities.