Iran says it is considering restarting uranium enrichment facilities, says Iran says nuclear program is “a matter of national interest”

Iran has said it will restart some of its uranium enrichment plants as a sign that it is working on a plan to build a nuclear weapon.

Iran’s state-run Fars news agency on Friday said Iran is considering “reversing its decision to halt its uranium production” and that it had made “unprecedented” concessions in its nuclear program in recent months.

The U.S. and its allies have called Iran’s nuclear program a violation of international law.

In a sign of the heightened tensions, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called on the U.N. Security Council on Saturday to impose sanctions on its military and political leaders, calling on them to hold Tehran accountable for its actions.

Zarif said in a statement that Iran has committed “the most serious crimes against humanity in its history” and accused its “hostile powers” of trying to derail its nuclear work.

He also said Iran was considering reopening facilities for enrichment work that were closed after Tehran’s 2008 nuclear deal with world powers.

“We are prepared to resume this process as soon as we are satisfied that the process has been halted,” Zarif wrote in a letter sent to the council.

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