29 March 2023

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley told the House Armed Services Committee that “Iran is taking actions to improve its capabilities to produce a nuclear weapon, should it make the decision to do so, while continuing to build its missile forces. From the time of a national decision, Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon in approximately 10-15 days and it would only take several months to produce an actual nuclear weapon”. He further emphasised that “the U.S. remains committed, as a matter of policy, that Iran will not have a nuclear weapon. The U.S. military has developed multiple options for our national leadership to consider, if or when Iran decides to develop a nuclear weapon”.

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