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Iran hints it could develop nuclear weapons in case of Israeli attack – POLITICO

His remarks are the latest in a series of warnings from Iranian officials to Israel, which is considering its response to the barrage of 300 drones and missiles launched by Tehran toward Israeli territory over the weekend.

Iran has always insisted that its uranium enrichment program is intended solely for electricity generation. Its top leaders – many of whom remember the use of chemical weapons against Iran during the 1980-1988 war with Iraq – have also said they oppose the development of weapons of mass destruction for moral and religious reasons.

Israel and many Western intelligence services, however, have countered that Iran’s facilities go far beyond what is necessary for peaceful purposes and work in tandem with its advanced ballistic projects.

Some diplomats say Iran has used its diplomatic influence in seeking to gain “breakthrough” potential, even though it has technology to use as a weapon. Until now, they have hesitated to cross this Rubicon for fear of a military escalation with Israel and the United States.

Tensions in the Middle East are rising sharply, with Western allies concerned about a large-scale escalation of the Israel-Hamas conflict urging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to show restraint in his response to the Iranian attack. As Israel continues to consider its options, Netanyahu made some of his allies nervous this week when he said Israel would “make our decisions ourselves” and “do whatever is necessary to defend itself.”

Haqtalab said Tehran was “ready to face any threat from the Zionist regime in the vast Iranian territory” and that Tehran would be able to remove Israeli nuclear facilities in the event of an escalation.

“The nuclear centers of the Zionist enemy are identified and the necessary information on all targets is at our disposal, so to speak, to respond to possible action. The (Iranian forces) have their hand on the trigger to fire powerful missiles to destroy the identified targets,” he said.

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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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