Israeli officials have warned the Biden administration that Iran is enriching uranium to a dangerous level and could lead to an Israeli military strike.
A senior Israeli official told Axios that Israel is monitoring Iran’s nuclear program and may take action if it enriches uranium above the 60% level.
The warning comes as Israel continues to warn of military action against Tehran to deter it from developing nuclear weapons.
An International Atomic Energy Agency report released last month claimed that Iran had accumulated 87.5 kilograms of uranium enriched to 60%. Weapon-grade uranium is enriched to 90%, which is enough for a nuclear bomb.
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The IAEA report says Iran produced a small amount of uranium particles enriched to 83.7% purity. The Israeli official told Axios there was no concern about this because Tehran reportedly did not collect particles at this level.
A Pentagon official told Congress last month that Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb within 12 days.
“Back in 2018, when the previous administration decided to withdraw from the JCPOA, it would have taken about 12 months to produce one fissile material bomb,” said Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl. “Now it will take about 12 days.”
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Behnam Ben Taleblou, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Fox News Digital that military force is Israel’s main deterrent against Iranian nuclear escalation.
“Make no mistake, the 60% red line actually tells you everything you need to know about how many barriers the Islamic Republic’s nuclear escalation has crossed,” Talebloo said. “There was a time when the international community sought that Iran not enrich uranium.”
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Talebloo added, “Israel’s statement is likely to have multiple audiences. In Iran, it may be intended to remind the regime of Israel’s determination to prevent its clerics from turning to nuclear weapons.” “But on the outside, it’s a reminder that sharing and punchlines aren’t going to get anywhere with this system.”
Fox News’ Paul Best contributed to this report.
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