Iran says it has the ability to create an atomic bomb – UNIAN

Iran is already enriching uranium to 60%, well above the 3.67% limit set under the torn apart 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran is ready to return to an updated nuclear deal / photo REUTERS

Iran has the technical ability to manufacture atomic bombbut does not intend to do so.

This was stated on Monday by the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, reports Reuters.

“Iran has the technical ability to create an atomic bomb, but such a program is not on the agenda,” Eslami said.

It is noted that Iran is already enriching uranium up to 60%, which is well above the limit of 3.67% set in accordance with the now broken 2015 nuclear agreement. Uranium enriched up to 90% is suitable for a nuclear bomb.

Nuclear deal with Iran

In June 2015, five countries – permanent members of the UN Security Council (USA, UK, France, China and Russia), as well as Germany, after years of negotiations with Iran, concluded an atomic deal (FDP), which aims to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons. .

The agreement calls for Tehran to drastically limit its nuclear program in order to prevent the development of nuclear weapons. The international community, in exchange, lifts the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear program. The agreement does not prohibit Iran from developing ballistic missiles, which the United States opposes. Washington also, unlike other parties to the agreement, has not lifted its sanctions, but only continues to “exclude” them from their effect every six months.

May 2018 The US pulled out of this deal and imposed unilateral sanctions against Tehran.

In reply Iran initially refused to fulfill part of the obligations under the JCPOA, and on January 6, 2020, announced the abandonment of “the last key limitation regarding the number of centrifuges”, and stated that now “there are no restrictions on working with Iran’s nuclear program.”

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However, last year the parties returned to negotiations on the nuclear program. And recently, the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, proposed a new draft text to save the nuclear deal, writes Reuters. Iran responded positively to the proposal and is committed to a speedy conclusion to the talks, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Sunday.

“Following last week’s exchange of messages and review of the proposed texts, there is a possibility that we will soon be able to come to a conclusion on the timing of a new round of nuclear talks,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.

The overall plan for the renewed deal was agreed in March after 11 months of indirect negotiations in Vienna between Tehran and the administration of US President Joe Biden.

But then the negotiations broke down due to obstacles, including Tehran’s demand that Washington guarantee that no US president would back out of the deal, as Trump did. Biden can’t promise that because the nuclear deal is a non-binding political deal, not a legally binding treaty.

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