In an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, former deputy head of the UN’s atomic watchdog Olli Heinonen said Israel and the Gulf states “have reason to worry.” Heinonen said Tehran has not been adhering to the 2015 nuclear deal, which should not be a shock to anyone. Because actions have not been taken against Iran’s noncompliance, he says “Iran is capable of producing enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb in six to eight months.”
How are they doing it under everyone’s nose? The answer is they’re not, but also “Iran is actually weaponizing uranium enrichment without making a weapon” said Heinonen who currently serves as a fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank which has been highly critical of the Iran deal initiated by former President Obama.
On May 15 of this year “Iran announced it was stepping up its uranium enrichment program in response to the United States’ decision the year before to drop out of the 2015 nuclear deal and impose heavy economic sanctions on Iran and the countries and groups that do business with it.”
Some experts believe blaming sanctions and Trump’s tough actions is simply an excuse Iran is conveniently using as their reasoning to ramp up nuclear efforts. The likelihood is they never have had nor will have intentions of dumping their nuclear aspirations to the wayside. Iran is best analyzed by their actions, not by their words. The latest proof being last month when four United Arab Emirate oil tankers were damaged in the Gulf of Oman.
Tehran denied involvement but it was found out only days later that “a militia that receives significant funding and assistance from Iran- carried out a number of drone strikes on Saudi Arabian oil facilities.”