Senior officials in the Biden administration told senators that Iran could produce enough material for a nuclear bomb in just two months, Politico reported.
According to Politico, the senators were presented with the warning during a closed briefing. As the newspaper writes, One of the senators called this assessment “sobering and shocking.”
The latest round of talks to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian Nuclear Program (JCPOA) resumed in Vienna this week. The joint commission however, has yet to meet formally this year.
During the previous round in December 2021, the sides reached an agreement on two draft agreements, in which the European countries included Iran’s positions on the issue.
According to Iranian spokesman Bagheri Kyani, the talks are going well. However, according to State Department spokesman Ned Price assessed the progress as modest and urged Tehran to take the issue seriously.
In 2015, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France, and Iran concluded a nuclear deal – the JCPOA, which involved lifting sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program.
In 2018, former President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from US from the JCPOA, and restore sanctions against Iran.
As a response, Tehran announced a phased reduction in its obligations under the agreement, which included waiving restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges, and the level of uranium enrichment.