Iran is technically capable of producing a nuclear bomb, but no political decision has yet been made on such a possibility – said Kamal Kharrazi, one of the senior advisors of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “We were able to enrich uranium to 60 percent in a few days, and we can easily produce 90 percent enriched uranium,” Kharrazi told Al Jazeera on Sunday.
Iran has the technical means for a nuclear bomb to produce it, but Iran has not decided to build it.
The bombastic discovery came shortly after US President Joe Biden promised that Washington would do everything to Tehran should not get nuclear weapons.
The promise was made during Biden’s visit to Israel earlier this week, when the US president and Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid signed a joint statement on the continued strategic partnership between the two countries. Among other things, Washington promised to “never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon” and confirmed that it is “ready to use all elements of its national power to ensure this end result”, the statement reads.
Although Iran has long maintained that it has never sought to develop nuclear weapons, but the country has stepped up its nuclear activities in recent years. The gradual expansion of the nuclear program occurred after the then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018.
Since then officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). a known landmark deal effectively fell apart as Washington reimposed old sanctions and imposed new ones on Tehran. Iran, on the other hand, gradually suspended its obligations under the JCPOA, installed new uranium enrichment equipment and increased the production of radioactive material.
Efforts to revive the agreement have not led to results so far, the USA and Iran have repeatedly accused each other of the lack of progress. Tehran says it is Washington’s responsibility to return to the original agreement and fully lift sanctions, while US officials say Iran has made new demands during the JCPOA negotiations.