Iran enriches uranium at unprecedented rate, dangerously close to nuclear weapon: Israeli PM Bennett

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has warned that Iran is getting “dangerously close” to producing nuclear weapons.

In an interview with Britain’s Telegraph on Saturday, Bennett said: “Iran is enriching uranium at an unprecedented rate and is getting dangerously close to getting its hands on nuclear weapons.

The prime minister called on the world community to step up pressure against Tehran’s nuclear program and ambitions.

His comments come as several reports suggest Iran may have already obtained the materials needed to build a nuclear weapon.

On Thursday, Iran turned off surveillance cameras used by the international nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, to monitor activity at the country’s major nuclear facilities.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi has warned that the move could deal a “fatal blow” to negotiations aimed at reviving the nuclear deal.

The lack of images of nuclear sites deprives negotiators of the nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – from “technically impossible to reach an agreement”, CNN told Thursday the head of the IAEA, Raphael Grossi.

“Or you could have (a deal) based on no information, which I guess won’t happen,” Grossi said.

“That’s why we say it’s a very serious thing. It has consequences. Of course it does.”

The IAEA said it had not had access to the data collected by these cameras for more than a year. The agency hopes to have access to this data, which remains with Iran, at a later date.

(With agency contributions)


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