Iran getting closer to acquiring a nuclear weapon.
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The Iranian regime is getting closer to build a nuclear weapon, as it has announced that it will enrich its uranium to 60%. This comes days after an ‘attack’ on Natanz nuclear facility caused by a blackout. The ‘attack’ was blamed on Israel and the enrichment has been considered as a retaliation to the attack that caused damage to thousands of centrifuges. . The nuclear facility was also targeted last year, after a mysterious explosion was also blamed on Israel.
The enrichment of the Uranium to 60% is commencing amid discussions with United States to revert back to the 2015 nuclear deal ex-President Barack Obama struck with Iran. The deal lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for abandoning enrichment of Uranium. The deal was abandoned by ex-President Donald Trump in 2018.
The Foreign Ministries of Germany, United Kingdom and France expressed deep concern for Iran’s announcement of enrichment of Uranium to 60% using its advanced nuclear centrifuges, which it acquired last year, with no credible civilian need. For Iran to be able to create a nuclear weapon, it needs to enrich uranium to 90%.
Germany, United Kingdom and France said in a joint statement,
This is a serious development since the production of highly enriched uranium constitutes an important step in the production of a nuclear weapon.Germany, UK and France joint statement.
The thousands of IR-1 centrifuges damaged last Sunday by the blackout ‘attack’ will be replaced with more advanced IR-6 centrifuges, allowing it to significantly increase its enrichment capability.
During a cabinet meeting, Iranian President Rouhani said,
You cannot conspire against the Iranian nation and commit a crime in Natanz; we will cut off your arms when you commit a crime. What you did was nuclear terrorism; what we’ve done is legal.Iranian President Rouhani
Even though Iran is still investigating the Sunday’s attack on Natanz nuclear facility, they have already blamed it on Israel.
The Whitehouse spokesmen Jen Psaki said that Iran’s enrichment is a ‘provocation’.