Tehran ,An official told Al Jazeera broadcaster on Sunday that it has the technical capability to build a nuclear weapon, but has decided not to do so. Kamal Kharazi, head of an advisory board linked to Iran’s leadership, said “Iran has the technical capability to build a nuclear bomb”.
But Tehran has “decided not to build an atomic bomb,” he said.
The remarks come after US President Joe Biden visited the Middle East this week and signed a security deal with Israel, It also comes as efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers ,
Kharazi, a former foreign minister, also told Al Jazeera that Tehran had conducted extensive exercises to “be able to strike deep inside Israel if sensitive (Iranian) installations are targeted.”
He did not say when the exercise took place.
The 2015 nuclear deal offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for imposing limits on its nuclear program and sought to guarantee that Tehran could not develop nuclear weapons, something it has always denied doing.
The United States withdrew from the deal in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and reimposed sanctions, leaving Tehran away from many of its commitments under the deal.
Iran has held direct talks with the remaining parties to the deal – and indirect talks with the United States – to restore the deal, but talks have been at a standstill since March.
The new security pact signed by Israel and the United States this week commits Washington to “never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon”, adding that the US will “do its national duty to ensure that outcome.” Ready to use all the elements of power.”
Asked on Thursday how long the US is prepared to try to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, Mr Biden said, “We are not going to wait forever.”
Tehran earlier accused Washington of fomenting tensions in the Middle East on Sunday, when Biden vowed that the United States was “attempts by any country to dominate the region through military buildup, infiltration and/or threats to another”. will not tolerate”, in a transparent reference to Iran.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said earlier this month that Tehran had started “feeding … a cascade of centrifuges” at the fuel enrichment plant.
The technologies ease the process and make it easier for Iran to switch to a different level of uranium enrichment.
In January 2021, Iran said it was enriching uranium at that facility to 20%, a level higher than the 3.67 percent level under the 2015 deal, before later saying that it was enriching uranium at another facility by 60%. %, which is still less than 90%. for military grade uranium, but a small technical step away from that level of enrichment.
“It’s no secret that we have become a quasi-nuclear state. It’s a fact. And it’s no secret that we have the technical means to build an atomic bomb, but we don’t want that, and no judgment Taken, do this,” Kharaji told Al Jazeera. “In the past, and in just a few days, we were able to enrich uranium to 60%, and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium. But what we want is a Middle East without any nuclear weapons “