While campaigning for president in 2020, Joe Biden lashed out at his predecessor for abandoning the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action designed to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
However, the Western Journal noted this week that Biden’s attempts at restarting the deal “have not amounted to much.” What’s more, a new Iranian announcement suggests the situation is about to get worse.
Iranian official says country “can easily produce 90 percent enriched uranium”
Kamal Kharrazi serves as a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and he recently said the country is one step away from building a nuclear weapon.
That’s according to an article put out on Sunday by Reuters and The Jerusalem Post. It cited comments Kharrazi made to Al Jazeera’s Arabic service.
“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60 percent and we can easily produce 90 percent enriched uranium,” Kharrazi was quoted as saying.
“Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build one,” he went on to add.
What’s more, Kharrazi went on to state that Iran’s missile program is not open to negotiation that it would not threaten to target Israel should it feel the need to do so.
Israel and Saudi Arabia both oppose Iranian nuclear program
For his part, Biden made a point of reiterating his administration’s opposition to Iran’s nuclear program in a joint statement with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid last Thursday.
“The United States stresses that integral to this pledge is the commitment never to allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that it is prepared to use all elements of its national power to ensure that outcome,” the statement read.
Reuters reported that a similar statement was released on Saturday reflecting U.S. and Saudi Arabian opposition to Iranian nuclear weapons.
“Saudi Arabia’s security and territorial defense, and facilitating the Kingdom’s ability to obtain necessary capabilities to defend its people and territory against external threats,” it declared. Also mentioned was the need to deter Iran’s “support for terrorism through its armed proxies, and its efforts to destabilize the security and stability of the region.”