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Iran Signals It Is Closer To Building Nuclear Weapons

The recent comments by Ali-Akbar Salehi, the former head of Iran's nuclear agency, during a televised interview, have reignited concerns over Iran's nuclear capabilities and intentions. Salehi, who has also served as Iran's foreign minister from 2010 to 2013, hinted at Iran's comprehensive progress in nuclear science and technology, using the metaphor of assembling a car to describe Iran's achievements in acquiring the necessary components for a nuclear bomb without directly confirming its creation. According to IranIntl this statement has fueled speculations and concerns among analysts and international observers about the potential for Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

Iran's nuclear program has been a subject of international scrutiny and concern for decades, with Tehran insisting on the peaceful nature of its endeavors. However, the acceleration of uranium enrichment to levels that experts argue have little civilian use suggests a pivot towards militarization. The Islamic Republic has enriched uranium up to 60%, a significant jump from the 20% level previously claimed, bringing the country closer to the 90% enrichment level required for weaponization.

Historical statements by Iranian officials, including Kamal Kharrazi, a close advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, have acknowledged the technical capability to produce a nuclear bomb while maintaining a stance of non-proliferation in line with a supposed fatwa against nuclear weapons issued by Khamenei. Despite these claims, the international community remains skeptical, given the opacity of Iran's nuclear program and the ease with which such religious decrees could be reversed.

Iran's nuclear program remains at the forefront of international security concerns, with recent developments and statements suggesting a closer move towards the capability to develop nuclear weapons. The complex interplay of technological advancement, international diplomacy, and regional security dynamics underscores the critical need for concerted efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and ensure a stable, secure global order.


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