UN officials recently announced that Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Traces of weapons grade material have been found in Iran. In recent years, Iranian theologians have decreed that atomic weapons are permissible to use under Islamic law, thereby removing another potential impediment.
In a speech Tuesday, IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) commander Gen.Mohammad Ali Jafari divulged that his military branch is overseeing Iranâ€™s domestic politics, and is heavily involved in the countryâ€™s economy and energy sector.
Jafari said U.S. claims that Iran could have a nuclear bomb in the next few years are nonsense. “Whenever they become disappointed or fail to achieve their goals, they resort to political accusations or assassination,” he said.
These statements come a mere two weeks after the chief of Iranian atomic organization announced plans to triple the regimeâ€™s uranium-enriching capabilities. Tehran claims the enriched uranium will be used to fuel future nuclear power plants, and not as material for atomic warheards.
The statement came just as the latest round of closed talks on Iran’s nuclear program kicks off for a second and final day, in Istanbul. U.S. officials say the most they’re hoping for is an agreement to meet again.