During an interview with Israel’s Army Radio, The former deputy general director of the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA), Olli Heinonen, said that Israelis are not aware of the seriousness of the Iranian nuclear threat.

Heinonen also said that despite the claims of the IAEA, Iran can develop nuclear weapons between six and eight months.

“Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have a reason for concern. How will you be able to ensure your security if Iran achieves nuclear abilities?” Heinonen asked.

Heinonen criticized the way in which the UN’s international agency, charged with monitoring compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is handling the threat and ignoring Tehran’s race to procure nuclear weapons. He also claims that even after the Trump Administration decided to abandon the Joint and Complete Action Plan (JCPOA) or the “Iranian nuclear agreement” it has not affected Iran’s progress in obtaining nuclear weapons.

“The Ayatollahs can handle the new sanctions, and in the meantime, they’re making new centrifuges,” he said.