Thursday, July 28, 2022

Iran Makes Biggest Nuke Announcement Yet: This Is Bad; Gantz Declares Israel Can ‘seriously harm and delay’ Iranian Nuclear Program; Top Middle East Air Force Official Expects Iran to Resume Attacks on US

Iran Makes Biggest Nuke Announcement Yet: This Is Bad
On the heels of President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signing a joint declaration last week vowing to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, a senior Iranian official said the Islamic republic already has the capability to make a nuclear bomb but has made no decision on building one, according to a new report.
“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60 percent and we can easily produce 90 percent enriched uranium. . . . Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build one,” Kamal Kharrazi, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said on Sunday, according to Reuters.
The adviser also told Al Jazeera’s Arabic outlet that Iran will directly respond against Israel if its security is targeted, Reuters reported.
This is a shift in rhetoric from Tehran, which has previously claimed it is refining uranium for civilian energy uses.
Iran’s claim of nuclear know-how is the latest development in the back-and-forth between Tehran and the U.S. on atomic weapons. --->READ MORE HERE
Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Gantz declares Israel can ‘seriously harm and delay’ Iranian nuclear program:
Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Tuesday that Israel has the ability to cause serious damage to Iran’s nuclear program, and warned that reviving a 2015 pact with world powers to curb Iranian nuclear activities will only be a delaying tactic.
“Iran is a global problem. It is not just Israel’s private problem,” Gantz said during an interview at a Channel 13 conference in Jerusalem.
Asked if Israel has the ability to stop Iran’s nuclear development or merely delay it, Gantz said, “We are able to seriously harm and delay the nuclear [program].”
Regarding US President Joe Biden’s declared desire to revive the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed between Iran and world powers, Gantz said it is not an “unfounded concept.”
Still, “we are very unsatisfied with the agreement, which would be a bad agreement because it would be a temporary delay,” Gantz said. Such an deal would enable to Iranians to develop their economy and eventually legitimize a return to their nuclear program at a later date, he warned. --->READ MORE HERE
AP; Iranian Army office/AFP via
Top Middle East Air Force official expects Iran to resume attacks on US:
The top US Air Force general in the Middle East warned on Thursday that Iran-backed militias could resume attacks in the region against the United States and its allies as tensions rise — assaults that could lead to a new Mideast escalation.
Speaking to journalists before stepping into his new role at al-Udeid Air Base in Qatar, with responsibility for military operations in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and across the region, Lt. Gen. Alexus Grynkewich also expressed fears over Russian and Chinese influence taking hold as superpowers vie for economic and military influence in the Middle East.
For instance, he said, recent US intelligence that Iran is preparing to send Russia armed and unarmed drones to use in its war on Ukraine “is not a surprise … but it’s concerning.”
Iran’s mission to the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Grynkewich, who had served as director of operations at Central Command in Tampa, Florida, thousands of miles from the baking desert outside of Doha, Qatar’s capital, spoke as regional tensions remain high over Iran’s rapidly expanding nuclear program and talks to revive Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers at a deadlock. --->READ MORE HERE
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