Iran has sped up production of enriched uranium to a point where it could have enough for a nuclear weapon within months, according to the United Nations’ atomic watchdog. The latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors the country’s nuclear programme, says it now has 17.7kg of uranium enriched to 60 per cent purity, one level below weapons-grade. That is up from 10kg at the time of the last report in August. That amount could produce about 10kg of uranium enriched to 90 per cent, the level required for a nuclear weapon. About 20kg is enough for a bomb, and the speed at which enrichment is progressing suggests that quantity could be reached within a few months. The finding will add urgency to talks on the future of the nuclear programme and American sanctions on Iran, which are due to resume at the end of the month.
Top Israeli officials have called on world powers to take action against Iran, ahead of the scheduled resumption of nuclear talks in Vienna later this month. They also warned that Jerusalem was prepared to act alone if necessary against the Islamic Republic. While Defence Minister Benny Gantz was visiting an IDF exercise in northern Israel this week he said,
“The world needs to act against Iran, and Israel is prepared to do what is needed on all of these fronts and on the northern front in particular.”
In other words Israel is prepared to act against Iran’s proxy armies north of Israel i.e. Hezbollah and Iran’s soldiers in Syria. As Iran gets ever closer to a nuclear weapon Israel will do all it can to prevent this from happening. It is this pressure that could lead to the initial inner ring war. Iran is the power behind the confederacy of tribes that come against Israel….
For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee: The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah. (Psalm 83:5-8)
Assur could well be a reference to Iran
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