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Iran says it’s capable of building nuclear bomb — Analysis

A senior Iranian official said that no decision was made to make one.

Iran is technically capable of producing a nuclear bomb but no political decision on such an option has been made, Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, has said.

“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium,”Al Jazeera heard Kharrazi speak on Sunday.

Iran does have the technological means to create a nuclear weapon, however Iran has yet to decide to do so. 

This shocking revelation follows the US President Joe Biden’s pledge that Washington would do all it takes to stop Tehran acquiring nuclear weapons. The pledge was made during Biden’s visit to Israel earlier this week, when the US president and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint declaration on the continued strategic partnership between the two countries. Washington also pledged “never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon,”Confirm it “is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome,”The declaration.

Although Iran maintained for many years that it has never attempted to build nuclear weapons, its nuclear activities have increased over recent years. The 2018 unilateral withdrawal by the US President Donald Trump from the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran led to a gradual expansion in the country’s nuclear program.

The landmark agreement known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has been effectively disintegrated. Washington has reimposed old sanctions on Tehran and placed new ones. Iran suspended gradually its JCPOA obligations, and installed new equipment to enrich uranium. It also increased the production of radioactive material.

There has been no progress in reviving the agreement, and the US blames Iran for not making any. Tehran maintains it is Washington’s responsibility to return to the original agreement and lift sanctions in full, while US officials have claimed that Iran has been raising new demands during JCPOA talks.

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