The United States claims that Iran has the equipment and knowledge necessary to produce a nuclear weapon in less than two weeks.
Report on the Department of Defense’s 2023 Strategy for Countering WMD. Iran is believed not to be developing nuclear weapons at this time. Nevertheless, it is capable of producing enough fissile material for a nuclear device in less than two weeks, according to the paper, which details Washington’s strategy for halting the spread of WMD around the world.
“Furthermore, the United States believes that Iran is in violation of its CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention) responsibilities. Iran, for instance, hasn’t complied with CWC procedures by declaring its chemical weapons production plant in full.
According to the source, the US is also concerned that Iran is working to develop compounds that act on the central nervous system for both defensive and offensive uses.
Iran stopped allowing inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor its nuclear activities last month. IAEA Director Rafael Grossi at the time stated, “I strongly condemn this disproportionate and unprecedented unilateral measure.”
Iran has effectively withdrawn nearly one-third of the core group of the agency’s most seasoned inspectors designated for Iran with today’s decision, according to the statement.
The E3 nations—the United States, Britain, France, and Germany—issued a warning to the IAEA Board of Governors, prompting Tehran to act. The three nations issued a warning that if the Islamic Republic does not abide by earlier IAEA resolutions requiring that it provide an explanation for highly enriched uranium particles discovered at various locations throughout Iran, the Board will take additional action.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, “Today, the world is seeing—and I will certainly emphasize this—that Iran is violating all of its commitments, that it brazenly lies, and that it intends both to develop nuclear weapons and continue its aggression in the region,” before departing last month to address the U.N. New York hosts the general assembly.
The Iranian action follows American International banks can now unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian funds after Secretary of State Antony Blinken approved waivers of sanctions.
Tzachi Hanegbi, the national security adviser for Israel, issued a warning last month, saying that if Iran enriches uranium past a 60% level, Jerusalem will be forced to take action.
“Israel will act out of necessity,” he continued, “if Iran moves to enrich uranium above 60% and we identify it—and there is no prospect that we won’t, that the world will not recognize it.
“There would not be a choice.” This would show that “Iran is clearly pursuing a [nuclear] bomb as a policy, and we cannot risk our fate,” Hanegbi continued, without outlining Israel’s possible reactions.
At Iran’s underground nuclear facility at Fordow, IAEA inspectors discovered “particles” of uranium that had been enriched to 83.7%.