Reza Ramezannejad, managing director of the energy company, who is active in Iranian social media, posted a photo of the nuclear site on his profile page in January, writing, “God willing, news will soon appear that Iran has tested nuclear missiles on domestic missiles. “
In Israel, which considers Iran to be the most effective enemy, many Israeli leaders, particularly Mr Netanyahu, welcomed Mr Trump’s rejection of the nuclear deal. They were also concerned that Mr Biden seemed ready to re-conclude the agreement, arguing that it was too weak.
Mr Biden and his subordinates argued that Mr Trump’s strategy was counterproductive because Iran no longer adheres to the constraints of the convention, thus effectively shortening Iran’s roadmap for building a nuclear weapon.
An assessment of the Israeli Defense Forces Secret Service released on Tuesday, as well as a previous assessment by Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency, suggest that Iran has been away from that capability for at least two years.
Israeli intelligence officials, who spoke anonymously when discussing Iran’s nuclear activities, said they believe Iran has accumulated enough uranium to build nearly three atomic bombs – if the uranium is enriched to weapon quality. Officials say such enrichment was theoretically available in about five months.
But according to Israeli intelligence assessments, Iran still lacks the scientific and technical means to make a weapon. One senior Israeli commander who briefed reporters in Israel said the November assassination of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, dealt a severe blow.
Iran has accused U.S.-backed Israel of killing Fakhizadeh, who has long been identified by U.S. and Israeli intelligence services as a secret attempt they call a “weapons group,” a covert effort to design a nuclear warhead. . According to Iran, Mr Fakhrizadeh has dedicated himself to the peaceful application of nuclear science.
Pranshu Verma, Michael Crowley and Isabel Kershner contributed to the report.