Tehran threatens nuclear force against U.S., Israel, allies
A senior Iranian official said over the weekend that the Islamic Republic has the chemical and technical know-how to produce a nuclear weapon, according to Farsi language remarks independently translated for the Washington Free Beacon.
Ahmad Khatami, a senior member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, which enjoys close ties with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, claimed in recent comments that having a nuclear missile “is vital for Iran to confront the U.S. and its allies,” according to Farsi language comments made over the weekend.
“Having missile[s] and nuclear authority is vital for Iran to confront the U.S. and its allies.” Khatami was quoted as saying in remarks in which he also referred to the United States as a thug.
Khatami, in his comments, claimed Iran has no interest in building a nuclear weapon, but that it possesses the know-how and ability to do so.
“Iran never has had the intention to build a nuclear bomb. Iran has the formula but does not want to use the weapons of mass destruction, but it is vital for Iran to have nuclear energy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Iran continues to manufacture and test advanced ballistic missile technology capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
The country has conducted multiple space launches that U.S. officials view as cover for the testing of advanced missile technology known as intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs.
Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its Islamic revolution on Monday with chants of, “Death to America” and other slogans calling for the destruction of the United States and its allies.
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