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Iran has the ability to build a nuclear bomb, says aide to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Kamal Kharrazi, assessor do líder iraniano, aiatolá Ali Khamenei.Kamal Kharrazi, advisor to the Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.| Photo: Reproduction

In a TV interview

Al Jazeera from Qatar this Sunday (17), Kamal Kharrazi, an adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Iran is technically capable of building a nuclear bomb. The declaration was a kind of “response” to US President Joe Biden who, during a visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, promised that he would act to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“In a few days, we managed to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce uranium enriched in 64%. Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb, but there has been no decision by Iran to build one,” Kharrazi said.

In the interview, Kharrazi went on to say that Iran will respond directly to any threat to its security. “Targeting our security from neighboring countries will be our response to those countries and a direct response to Israel. We carry out extensive exercises targeting Israel’s depth in case our sensitive facilities are hit,” he said.

He also addressed the nuclear program and the negotiations to revive the JCPOA and said: that there are no guarantees on the part of the US related to the preservation of the nuclear deal (JCPOA), and that will freeze any possible deal. “If the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) were fair and independent, it would be easy to resolve disputes,” he said.

A nuclear agreement established in 1200 between Iran and other nuclear powers determined a series of of measures to be followed so that Iran would stop suffering economic sanctions. One of the measures foresees that the uranium in the country could only be enriched to the limit of 3,67%. For the manufacture of nuclear bombs, the material needs to be enriched to 90%.

When former President Donald Trump walked out of the agreement, 2015, Iran began violating the imposed restrictions. Even so, the development of nuclear weapons remains prohibited in the country, due to a religious decree by Khamenei, issued at the beginning of the years 2000.

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