The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) reported on Monday that the Islamic Republic has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb.
AEOI chief Mohammad Eslami indicated today that “as previously stated by the head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, Kamal Jarazi, Iran has the technical capability to build an atomic bomb, but such a program is not on the agenda,” reported the local Iranian news agency FARS.
Eslami also rejected the “accusations of the West” and said that these accusations come from the National Council of Resistance of Iran of Mujahidin Khalk and Israel.
Through the nuclear deal the files of all accusations against Iran were closed, but “currently the Western side, after having withdrawn from the deal, in order to return to it again is presenting the same false accusations of the past,” Eslami said.
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Eslami explained that “it is not acceptable for Iran” to be put under pressure again with the same accusations. Therefore, it was decided to turn off all cameras, so that the other side would understand that it should not raise such false accusations again, he said.
He also explained that “constructive interaction” between the AEOI and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is established and “there has been no interruption in these interactions”; “Because all Iran’s actions are carried out under the supervision of the IAEA on the basis of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and safeguards,” Eslami justified.
Iran is already enriching uranium to 60% purity, well above the 3.67% allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal.
The 2015 nuclear pact, known as the JCPOA, limited Iran’s atomic program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, but in 2018 then-President Donald Trump abandoned it, due to Iran’s failure to live up to its part and reimposed restrictive measures.