ISLAMABAD, July 18 ( Alliance News): A senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV on Sunday that Iran is technically capable of building a nuclear bomb but has not decided whether to build one.
According to foreign media, Kamal Kharazi said this on an occasion when US President Joe Biden, at the end of his four-day visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, called on Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Expressed determination to stop.
Kharazi’s comment is significant enough that Iran may have an interest in nuclear weapons, which it has long denied.
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He said that in a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium…Iran has the technical means to make a nuclear bomb but Iran has No decision has been made.
Iran is already enriching to 60 percent, well above the 3.67 percent limit set by Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, with uranium enriched to 90 percent suitable for a nuclear bomb.
In 2018, former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal under which Iran had halted its uranium enrichment work, a possible path to denuclearization in exchange for relief from economic sanctions.
However, in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the deal and the reimposition of tougher sanctions, Tehran began violating the deal’s nuclear restrictions.
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Last year, Iran’s intelligence minister said Western pressure could force Tehran to pursue nuclear weapons, which Khamenei banned in a fatwa in the early 2000s.
Iran says it is only refining uranium for civilian energy use, and if the U.S. lifts sanctions and comes back into compliance with the deal, the violation of the international agreement could stop.
The outline of a revised deal was essentially agreed in March after 11 months of indirect talks between Tehran and the Biden administration in Vienna.
But the talks then stalled over obstacles, including Tehran’s demand that Washington guarantee that no US president would abandon the deal, as Trump did.
Biden can’t promise that because the nuclear deal is a political matter that doesn’t legally require treaty binding.
Kharazi said that the United States did not guarantee the protection of the nuclear deal and this eliminates the possibility of any agreement.
Meanwhile, Israel has threatened to attack Iranian nuclear sites if diplomacy fails to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Kharazi said Iran would never negotiate on its ballistic missile program and regional policy, contrary to demands from its allies in the West and Middle East.
He said that if neighboring countries target our security, these countries and Israel will be given a direct response.