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Iran’s Move to Enrich Uranium Closely Monitored by Israel

Analysts Weigh in With Risks and Highlights

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6 Nov 2019 (All day)
Iran’s Move to Enrich Uranium Closely Monitored by Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Tuesday evening, highlighting the dangers from Iran’s renegade nuclear program. “Iran expands its aggression everywhere. It seeks to envelope Israel. It seeks to threaten Israel. It seeks to destroy Israel. We fight back. I also want to say, given Iran’s efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program, expand its enrichment of uranium for making atomic bombs, I repeat here once again: We will never let Iran develop nuclear weapons. This is not only for our security and our future; it’s for the future of the Middle East and the world.”

His remarks came hours after Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced plans to violate yet another stipulation of the 2015 JCPOA Nuclear agreement by restarting activities at the underground and heavily fortified Fordow facility, which Iran did not report to the International Atomic Energy Agency in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty to which it is a signatory.

Western governments were quick to condemn the move, but Iranian officials replied that they can’t be expected to comply with a deal which they only entered into because they believed they would receive financial benefits from when those financial benefits have not materialized.

“All signs indicate that the next year has the potential to be a negative year from a security perspective,” IDF’s Operations Directorate Maj.-Gen. Aharon Haliva told a meeting Tuesday evening of the Knesset Finance Ministry’s Budget Department. He went on to explain that Israel has been engaged in a low-intensity shadow war against Iranian proxy groups in the region for several years but that in 2020 there is a possibility that it might flare up into a higher-intensity and very high visibility conflict.

Last week Israel Air Force Commander Maj.-Gen. Amikam Norkin said that the “challenge of air defense has become more complicated. Joining the threat of missiles and rockets are now attack drones and cruise missiles.” He added that all of Israel’s air defense units are on high alert due to the rising threat from drones and cruise missiles such as Iran used to launch precision strikes against Saudi Arabian oil facilities in early October.

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