Iran begins scaling back on nuclear commitments

The Israeli leader’s call on the international community to back the United States in efforts to confront to the Islamic Republic of Iran came several hours before Tehran’s Supreme National Security Council ordered to begin rolling back some of the country’s commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement. An Iranian official was quoted by the state-backed Iranian Students News Agency as saying that the regime will “stop programs related to compliance” with regard to “the ceiling for production of enriched uranium, as well as the unlimited production of heavy water at the (nuclear) Arak facility.”

While the Iranian Foreign Ministry did not immediately respond to TV7’s request for comment; Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced in remarks that were broadcast on Iranian state Television that he does not believe the stand-off between the Islamic Republic and the United States will escalate into an all-out war. The top Iranian leader, who holds all executive powers pertaining to the country, also took the opportunity to underline his refusal to consider negotiating with the United States. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “There won’t be any war, with the help of God. We don’t seek a war, and they don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” / “A negotiation between us and America is poison as far as America is what it is now.”

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump rejected a report that was published by the New York Times about a meeting that was discussed by top American security officials about a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran. President Trump referred to the report as “fake news,” and emphasized that while he hopes that there will be no need for a military plan, he will send many more than the stated number of troops to the region if the Islamic Republic would target U.S. interests. According to Trump: “I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”