Iran guarantees “decisive response” to each Israeli transfer by Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said Tuesday it would provide a “decisive response” to any Israeli move against it after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons, a news agency close to the Revolutionary Guard said.

On Monday, Iran said it had resumed 20% uranium enrichment at a nuclear facility, coinciding with mounting tensions with the United States in the final days of President Donald Trump’s tenure. The decision is the latest of several Iranian violations of a nuclear deal with the world powers in 2015.

Netanyahu said the move is aimed at developing nuclear weapons and Israel will never allow Tehran to build them. Iran says it never looked for nuclear weapons.

The Iranian Nour News quoted an unnamed security official as saying, “This regime (Israel) should be aware that any aggression against the interests and security of Iran from any source and in any way, whether (Israel) admits responsibility or.” refuses, will face a decisive reaction. ” from Iran against this regime. “

The statement was widely spread by Iranian news agencies and state media.

Separately, Iran released more details on its enrichment decision on Tuesday, stating it could produce up to 9 kg of 20% enriched uranium per month.

“We are currently producing 17 to 20 grams of 20% uranium every hour,” said Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency, according to state media. “We have a monthly production capacity of 8 to 9 kg to reach the 120 kg required by law.”

The decision to enrich to 20 percent purity was one of many steps mentioned in a law passed by the Iranian parliament last month in response to the murder of the country’s top nuclear scientist that Tehran accused Israel of.

Tehran began violating the deal in 2019 as it reacted step-by-step to Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018 and the lifting of US sanctions lifted under the deal.

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