US Says Won’t Allow Iran to Own Nuclear Bomb
The United States has made it clear it cannot allow Iran to have a nuclear bomb, as Tehran had reportedly begun producing uranium metal.
Ned Price, a spokesperson for the US State Department, said in a statement earlier on Thursday that Washington would not let Tehran own a nuclear bomb and that Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers was designed to prevent it.
“As a candidate and as president, Joe Biden has been very clear,” Price said. “We will not countenance a nuclear-armed Iran. That was at the crux of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It will be a guiding principle of our approach towards this challenge there, period. Iran cannot be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran had started producing small amounts of uranium metal, a move which is considered against the country’s 2015 nuclear deal.
In a joint statement on Friday, France, Germany, and the UK condemned Tehran’s production of uranium metal.
“In escalating its non-compliance, Iran is undermining the opportunity for renewed diplomacy to fully realize the objectives of the JCPOA,” reads the statement.
“We reiterate that Iran has no credible civilian justification for these activities, which are a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon.”