Iran Talks of Improved Uranium Centrifuges, Raising Pressure for Deal

Officials give EU two more months to save nuclear deal

In trying to get the European Union to the table with a plan to save the nuclear deal, Iran has been escalating their civilian program to try to raise pressure on the EU to do so in a timely fashion. The latest “deadline” set by Iran is this Friday.

Iranian officials say, then, that they’re going to improve their centrifuge technology for enriching uranium, and will also extend out the deadline another two months. This is being presented as a “violation” by some, though as with previous moves by Iran, it is only a violation in a very technical sense, and being done purely for diplomatic leverage.

France has been trying to come up with plans on the deal, in particular trying to sell the US on a plan to offer Iran a line of credit, though indications are that the US is opposed to the idea.

It’s not clear what the other options are at this point, as US control over banking has so far left the EU unable, or at least unwilling, to ensure that trade with Iran continues to flow when the US doesn’t want it to.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of