Iran has taken a significant new step toward the possible production of nuclear weapons by starting work on an assembly line to produce a key material used in atomic warheads. This was reported by the Wall Street Journal.
The newspaper said this conclusion is contained in a confidential report of the IAEA, with which the publication is familiar. The report claims that Iran has told the IAEA that it has begun producing equipment that will be used to produce metallic uranium at the site in Isfahan in the coming months.
Metallic uranium can be used in nuclear weapons charges. Iran has not previously produced uranium metal, the newspaper noted, citing unnamed senior Western officials.
The IAEA said Tehran has given no information on when such production would begin. This development brings Iran closer to the line separating nuclear activities with potential civilian purposes and works on nuclear weapons, the newspaper said.
On May 8, 2018, Donald Trump announced that the U.S. was withdrawing from the agreement on Iran's nuclear program. According to the U.S. president, since the deal, Iran has increased its military budget by 40 percent, started building ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads, and used the funds unfrozen by the lifting of sanctions to support terrorism. Trump also supported Israel's position that Iran lied about developing nuclear weapons when the agreement was made. After the official statement, the U.S. president signed a memorandum on the renewal of sanctions against Iran.