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For the first time, Iran has spoken openly about its potential to create a nuclear weapon, and officials have discussed the ability to manufacture such a weapon “at will”.
“Iran has the technical capacity to make an atomic bomb, but there is no such plan on the agenda,” Mohammad Eslami, head of Iran’s civilian nuclear agency, said in a report on Monday.
Eslami also referred to comments made by Kamal Kharrazi, adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who told Al Jazeera in mid-July that the country was able to enrich uranium “up to 60%” but could “produce easily enriched uranium to 90%, “the level at which it is considered weapon level.
Eslami’s agency later withdrew the comment, saying it “misunderstood and misjudged,” taken by some as a sign that the Iranian government did not want it to be so specific with its language.
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Some experts believe that Eslami has made no mistake in speaking and that recent statements by Iranian officials serve to test the waters on the international response to the possibility of giving one last race to obtain a nuclear weapon.
“Obviously, Iran’s repeated references to the possibility of producing nuclear weapons reflect the intention to actually produce them,” Yossi Kupperwasser, former brigadier general and head of the IDF’s intelligence assessment division and senior researcher, told Fox News Digital. of the IDSF.
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“The only question is how long the Iranians will need. While the time it takes to produce fissile material is very short, it may take a little longer to turn the fissile material into a bomb, but not as much as some think. Less than two years.”
“Obviously, no one is guessing the intentions of the Iranians: their purpose is and always has been to produce nuclear weapons, and what we see now is that the Iranians are finally admitting this, not that we ever needed their admission to do so. establish that this was their real intent, ”Kupperwasser added. “We have known this for a long time and the nuclear archives exposed by the Israeli Mossad have proved it, especially with the letter sent to the late Fakhrizadeh, ordering him to produce five bombs in the early 2000s.
“These Iranian statements make it easier for all involved to know the true intent of the Iranians.”
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Officials from Iran, the United States and the European Union will meet Thursday in Vienna as a last-ditch effort to revive the nuclear deal, but analysts warn Iranian officials may believe the benefits of a nuclear weapon far outweigh. long the sanctions imposed by other nations.
“Iran has a gliding path to the bomb. This has been pretty clear for some time,” Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior member of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital.
“The escalating threats that Iran faces no technical impediments to the production of nuclear weapons is evidence of Iran’s strategy of moving forward under fire. This was just as true with the nuclear program as it was with the missile program.” .
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According to the latest public tally from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has a supply of approximately 3,800 kilograms (8,370 pounds) of enriched uranium.
Iranian diplomats for years have pointed to Khamenei’s preaching as a binding fatwa, or religious edict, that Iran would not build an atomic bomb.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.