Tehran (Times Of Ocean)- Iranian authorities initially sought to develop a nuclear bomb to strengthen its deterrent forces but failed to keep the program secret, according to the former deputy speaker of the Islamic Consultative Assembly.
“As we started our nuclear activities, we aimed to build a bomb and strengthen deterrent forces, but we were unable to maintain secrecy, and the group of hypocrites leaked the reports,” Ali Motahari told Iran’s Iscanews.
“I believe that if we were to secretly build and test a [nuclear] bomb like Pakistan did, it would be a great deterrent,” he said, and went on to say that “if we started something, we should finish it.”
According to the former senior Iranian lawmaker, a country that wants to use nuclear energy peacefully never begins enrichment but instead sets up a reactor first, followed by enrichment.
Ali Motahari, a social and religious conservative, added “However, by enriching directly, a bomb-making illusion is induced.”
According to Iran’s current supreme leader Ali Khamenei, developing a nuclear bomb is unconstitutional.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly cited a fatwa, or ruling, issued by Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that declares the use of chemical and nuclear weapons forbidden.
The former Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a previously unknown Iranian nuclear site in 2018, saying it could contain up to 300 tons of nuclear material, and claimed that the International Atomic Energy Agency failed to investigate the information he presented earlier this year about Iran’s nuclear program.
As Netanyahu spoke to the United Nations General Assembly, he also exposed what he said were Lebanese Hezbollah precision missile sites hidden in Beirut, warned that the Israeli nation would act against Iran “whenever and wherever,” praised then-US President Donald Trump for defunding the UNGA for Palestinian refugees, and attacked the Palestinian Authority for paying convicted terrorists monthly salaries.
The Associated Press reported a year later that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found traces of Uranium at a site in Iran that Tehran officials had not declared.
Uranium particles were discovered at a site in Tehran’s Turquzabad district. The IAEA said its inspectors found natural uranium particles in a location in Iran that hadn’t been reported to the Agency. Warning: “Iran must maintain interactions with the Agency in order to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”
Iran announced in 2021 that it would stop sharing video footage of its nuclear facilities. World powers described the move as “dangerous,” and the UN’s Nuclear Agency expressed concern about Iran’s uranium stockpile.
Later, Mohammad Javad Zarif, then-FM of the so-called moderate Rouhani administration whose radical Dems beg to deal with, said his country would no longer allow short-notice inspections of facilities.