Iran will need two weeks to build nuclear weapons - Pentagon
The US Department of Defense has stated that Iran has sufficient resources to build a nuclear device. If Tehran decides that it needs nuclear weapons, the state may need no more than two weeks to create them.
This is stated in the Pentagon's annual report, published on Sunday, October 1. At the same time, it noted that Washington sees no signs that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program in the near future.
"However, Iran has the capability to produce enough fissile material in less than two weeks to build a nuclear device," the Pentagon says.
In addition, the US defense department believes that Iran is not complying with its chemical weapons control obligations, as it has not provided a full declaration of chemical weapons production facilities, although this is required by current agreements.
The document also states that the Pentagon is concerned about the possibility that Iran is developing nerve agents.
In March 2023, The Washington Post wrote that Iran was close to developing nuclear weapons, and it could take Tehran several months to develop its own bomb. At the same time, the United States' ability to prevent a nuclear threat from Iran has declined over the past year.
According to the article, Israel and the United States are attempting to stop Tehran's nuclear program, but hopes that this can be done without a military confrontation are melting away.
It was also reported earlier that Iran is counting on Russia's help in strengthening its nuclear weapons program. Tehran is looking for a backup plan in case it fails to implement a long-term nuclear deal with world powers.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the UN Security Council resolution prohibiting Iran from exporting missiles with a range of 300 kilometers or more and restricting the purchase of missile technology expires in October. After October 18, Moscow and Tehran can legally conclude a deal to sell drones and missiles.