Pompeo in stark warning: We won’t let Iran develop a nuclear weapon

Source: Pompeo in stark warning: We won’t let Iran develop a nuclear weapon – DEBKAfile

“We’re watching reports that Iran plans to increase its enrichment capacity,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday, June 7. “We won’t allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran is aware of our resolve.”

Pompeo was responding to the statement by Iran’s atomic energy czar Ali Akbar Salehi that the construction of a facility at Natanz to produce advanced centrifuges for speeding up uranium enrichment will be completed within a month. Salehi notified the UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA about the forthcoming opening of a new facility at Natanz for the enrichment of uranium.  Pompeo also warned: “It should surprise no one if protests in Iran continue.”

DEBKAfile: The Trump administration is determined to avoid Iran’s nuclear bazaar which is calculated for interminable bargaining and a constant stream of half-statements for confusing the opposition. This drawn-out process of bewilderment and attrition led the Obama administration and five other world powers into signing the 2015 nuclear deal which Trump quit on May 8 after condemning it as deeply flawed.

Pompeo therefore decided to cut short this tortuous process before it starts sowing confusion as a smoke screen for the nuclear program’s real activities. He therefore cut to the chase with an explicit warning directed against the expansion of Iran’s enrichment capacity before it goes any further. As for the “new facility” at Natanz, far from being completed in a month, as Salehi affirmed, we can report that it was built in fact four years ago – another example of Iran’s tactics of confusion. The finished building is shown in the photo at the head of this item. It is ready for activation at the push of a button.

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