10 September 2023

The head of Mossad reiterated that “Israel will not accept Iranian high-level enrichment, as is currently occurring… The international community must not accede to a situation in which what separates Iran from military-grade enrichment is a decision alone”. He further contended that “even if all the current understandings to reduce tension are realised, as discussed between Iran and the West, this will not roll back the advanced capabilities that Iran has developed and accumulated… The current dialog between Iran and the West does not reflect genuine willingness on the part of Iran to curb its nuclear program. Rather, it demonstrates Iran’s cynical attempt to release money frozen as part of the international sanctions imposed on it, while continuing to develop and expand its nuclear capabilities”. The following day, the head of the National Security Council affirmed that “if we detect uranium enrichment above 60 per cent then Israel will have no choice but to act… I don’t think we gamble on our fate if this seems to be the Iranian policy. Let’s hope we don’t get to that moment, but we’re preparing for it anyway”.

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