Salehi said that, despite the large number of projects, the country is still complying with its obligation to scale back nuclear pursuits, as contemplated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action it signed in Vienna three years ago together with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States plus Germany, and the European Union.
Jahangiri made the announcement on Monday night following an emergency meeting of the government's economic taskforce headed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
"We will not be the first to violate the accord but they should definitely know that they will regret it if they violate it", Rouhani said at a conference in Tehran on April 9, which is National Nuclear Technology Day in Iran.
Reuters notes that "Iran has warned that it would ramp up its nuclear program if the JCPOA collapses, to achieve a more advanced level than before the deal".
"Maybe in name sanctions have been lifted, but in practice countries that can work with us still see Iran as high risk and transferring money is still a big problem", said Reza, who runs a foreign-exchange business in Tehran and did not want to give his family name because of sensitivities of speaking with foreign media in Iran.More news: Jake Evans comes up clutch with dramatic late-game strike
It is expected Trump will not agree to extending the deal, especially with newly minted National Security Advisor John Bolton at the helm.
"If the deal breaks, they will surely regret it". Allies in the Middle East region, however, are urging America to get out and approach Iran in an aggressive, realistic way. Iran denied at the time the downing of its drone in Israel. Trump has effectively set that as a deadline for European powers to "fix the bad flaws" of the deal. Should the U.S. back out of the deal, sanctions that were lifted as part of the agreement would be reinstated.
On Monday, Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman of the nuclear agency, said Salehi wanted to clarify that enrichment could be done within "two days". He said, if his demands are not met within 120 days, the USA will withdraw from the deal. "I was also planning to advertise for new personnel on Saturday - I've also canceled that plan now".