The threat of Iran becoming a fully nuclear-capable nation has had the US and other nations consistently concerned for the last 40 years. Now, on February 5th, Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) Vice President Mohammad Eslami announced that the country would begin construction on a fourth reactor. Set to be built in the city of Isfahan, he claims the concrete for the base is already being poured.
Currently, the city already has three research reactors. A 3kw powerplant is already fully operational in Bushehr, with a second under construction for closing in on 5 years and a third in the planning stages. Eslami claims the 5,000-megawatt capacity of the current plant in Bushehr is not enough for the country, and they will need 20,000 megawatts by 2041.
As of November, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) claims the nation already has ample levels of 60% enriched uranium. If they further enrich it up to 90%, largely considered an easy and direct process, they could make three nuclear bombs with ease. Adding to that was the Institute for Science and International Security, which, on the 5th, said Iran could now have one nuclear bomb in a week and six more within a month.
Given the Iranian level of funding of Hamas in Israel, the Houthis along the Red Sea, and numerous terror organizations across the Middle East, this is a huge risk.
It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if they continued their quest to create a nuclear weapon by supplying more organizations with arms and possibly enlisting them to help test their nuclear devices. With the Iranian regime already moving missiles, artillery, rockets, and other pieces of logistical equipment seemingly unabated, making the jump to a nuclear weapon wouldn’t take much. Unless Biden hits them where it hurts soon, the question won’t be if Iran will launch a nuke, but when.