Iran says it is ready to restart nuclear enrichment on an “industrial scale” in the wake of the US decision to abandon the deal that curbs the country’s nuclear ambitions.
According to CNN, in a statement published this Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he would embark on a round of international diplomacy to try and save the deal. At the same time, the country would make preparations to restart its nuclear program, he said.
Zarif’s comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to abandon the deal on Tuesday.
Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the US and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the US decision to withdraw from the deal was a serious blow. Speaking at a Catholic Day conference in Muenster on Friday, Merkel said it would be difficult to keep the deal alive, given that a “huge economic power has left”.
“We hope we can, but there are a lot of things playing a role in this,” she said. “We will have to discuss that with Iran.”