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Iran: ‘We Can Produce a Nuclear Bomb but Have No Intention of Doing So’

AEOI Chief Mohammad Eslami (Photo: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran)
AEOI Chief Mohammad Eslami (Photo: The Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran)

Iran has the technical capability to produce a nuclear bomb but has no intention of doing so, said the head of the Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) of Iran on Monday.  

AEOI chief Mohammad Eslami echoed a statement made in July by Kamal Kharrazi, a senior advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. 

“As Mr. Kharrazi mentioned, Iran has the technical ability to build an atomic bomb, but such a program is not on the agenda,” Eslami said, amid an apparent stalemate in negotiations over a nuclear deal between Tehran and other world powers. 

Last week, the European Union put a final offer on the table, which it deemed as the “best possible feasible deal” and called on Iran to decide. In response, Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator said that Tehran would like to share its own ideas about how to conclude the nuclear talks.

Iran is currently enriching uranium to 60 percent fissile purity which is significantly higher than the 3.67 percent purity level set under the 2015 nuclear deal. Uranium enriched to 90 percent is what is needed to construct a nuclear weapon. The Foreign Desk News reported last night that Iran probably now has enough advanced IR6 centrifuges to produce a nuclear weapon in thirty days.

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