Iran could build a nuclear bomb in just TEN WEEKS as ‘Butcher of Tehran’ takes power – Israel warns
IRAN is just ten weeks away from having a nuclear bomb, Israel has warned as the country’s new hard line President takes office.
Ebrahim Raisi, known as the Butcher of Tehran from his days as a judge fond of dishing out brutal punishments, has been sworn in as the Islamic Republic’s new leader.
The 60-year-old hardliner allegedly ordered the torture of pregnant women, had prisoners thrown off cliffs, had people flogged with electric cords, and has overseen countless other brutal acts of violence.
As he took office, Israel’s defence minister Benny Gantz warned that Iran “about ten weeks away” from acquiring the materials for a warhead.
“Now is the time for deeds – words are not enough,” he told the news website Ynet.
“It is time for diplomatic, economic, and even military deeds, otherwise the attacks will continue.”
Iran’s nuclear programme has long been feared to be a front for acquiring weapons.”
Asked whether Israel was ready to strike in Iran if need be, Gantz simply responded: “Yes.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said his government was “working on enlisting the world” in response to the attack, but warned “we also know how to act alone.”
“The Iranians need to understand that it is impossible to sit peacefully in Tehran and, from there, ignite the entire Middle East. That is over,” Bennett said.
Under a 2015 deal, the country agreed to limit uranium enrichment – a key process in building nuclear weapons – to 3.67 per cent in return for easing sanctions.
Donald Trump tore up the deal, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018.
In June, the UN’s nuclear watchdog warned Iran was enriching enough uranium to make nuclear bombs.
But speak speaking at the Majlis, Iran’s parliament, Raisi insisted that the nuclear programme was “completely peaceful”.
Now is the time for deeds — words are not enough
He insisted that “foreign pressure and sanctions will not cause the nation of Iran to back down from following up on its legal rights”.
With Raisi’s presidency, all branches of power in Iran will be controlled by anti-Western hardliners loyal to its supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Like Khamenei, he has endorsed the nuclear talks, but he is widely expected to adopt a tougher line in talks that have stalled.
It comes as a tanker reportedly hijacked by alleged Iranian commandos was ordered to “sail to Tehran” – days after a suspected drone attack killed a British security guard.
A nine-strong armed group clambered aboard the Asphalt Princess in what Royal Navy monitors slammed as a “potential hijacking”.
The armed gang reportedly stormed the ship on Tuesday close to the Strait of Hormuz – a waterway where around a fifth of the world’s oil is transported