Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday announced to state media that the Islamic Republic had completed construction of a facility capable of producing advanced centrifuges at its nuclear plant Natanz, fulfilling threats that it would continue nuclear production in the event that the US withdraw from the 2014 nuclear deal and slap heavy sanctions on the country.
“Khamenei ordered us to set up and complete a very advanced hall for the construction of modern centrifuges, and this hall has now been fully equipped and set up,” said the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to IRNA news agency, according to Reuters.
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Iran remains angered over President Trump’s actions. Khamenei noted that he would refuse any future negotiations with the U.S. since he now views the U.S. as untrustworthy for leaving the nuclear agreement.
Salehi accused President Trump of attempting to “break the spirit of Iran” and erase the agreements made by former President Obama.
Iran revealed several other nuclear advances, including the production of its first domestically engineered fuel rods, or plates, for the nuclear research reactor in Tehran.
The United States previously gave Iran a list of 12 demands that they had to follow, one of which was they had to stop the enrichment and pursuit of plutonium reprocessing to weapons grade. This latest move by Iran shows that they clearly do not have any intent of working with the United States to achieve a nuclear deal.
“As I have previously said, we cannot trust in the words of the United States and even in their signature, so negotiations with the United States are useless,” Khamenei told a gathering of Iranian diplomats in Tehran.
The question becomes, how do you stop a nation from creating nuclear warheads that refuses to listen to you and ignores the global community?
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.