Israel is ready to do “whatever it takes” to quash Iran’s efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi told journalists after a summit on regional stability in Paphos, Cyprus.
The warning comes after the speaker of the Iranian parliament announced on Friday that the regimes had succeeded in its plans for 60%uranium enrichment.
“I proudly announce that Iranian scientists have managed to produce uranium enriched to 60 percent”, speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf wrote on Twitter.
Iran managed to boost its program using IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges, which are much faster than its first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, allowed by the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran’s intentions have sparked international concerns, with the EU calling the Iranian plans “extremely worrisome from a nuclear non-proliferation perspective”.
International nuclear organizations consider uranium to be weapons-grade if it is enriched to a level of 20 percent or more., while 90 percent is needed for the production of nuclear weapons.
Iran started suspending its obligations set in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in 2019, precisely one year after the United States pulled out of the agreement and reimposed economic sanctions against the Middle Eastern country.
Last December, Iran passed a law to boost its uranium enrichment and stop IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities in response to the killing of nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which the Iranians blamed on Israel.