by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - The Iranian quest for nuclear weapons continues unabated, according to Olli Heinonen, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that monitors nuclear developments worldwide.
Speaking with Israeli Army Radio Wednesday morning, Heinonen suggested that in spite of Trump’s crushing sanctions on Iranian oil and metals and his decision to withdraw the US from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)--which left Iran’s nuclear infrastructure intact but secured guarantees from the Iranians that they would not enrich uranium beyond 3.76%-- the Islamic Republic has likely gone ahead with its nuclear ambitions anyway, only this time under cover of international diplomacy.
“The Ayatollahs can handle the new sanctions, and in the meantime, they’re making new centrifuges,” he claimed, going on to say that the regime’s neighbors were not as aware as they ought to be of its intentions for the region.
“Israelis need to be worried, and the Gulf states also have reason for concern.”
A meeting of Saudi officials and other Gulf Arab states this month, along with investigations by U.S. intelligence officers determined that recent attacks on two Saudi oil liners and a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline were the result of aggression by Iranian regional proxies.