Tehran to develop nuclear centrifuges on Friday – Israel considering a strike on Iran

Tehran to develop nuclear centrifuges on Friday - Israel considering a strike on Iran

Iran’s next step in its nuclear program involves the development of centrifuges, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

“We will take all necessary steps to protect the Iranian nation’s rights and interests … Our third step (to scale back Iran’s commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal) involves the development of centrifuges. We will take this step on Friday,” he said, without elaborating.

Israeli officials are currently considering the possibility of conducting a military strike on Iran, with or without the approval of the United States, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

“Once again, more than a decade after they first raised the subject with American officials, Israeli officials have been considering the possibility of a unilateral strike against Iran. Unlike with Bush and Obama, there is greater confidence that Trump wouldn’t stand in the way,” said the report.

Meantime, the IDF deployed additional air defense systems, including a Patriot battery in northern Israel over concerns that Iranian proxies will retaliate to Israeli strikes on Iranian-linked terror targets in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.

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Earlier today, Rouhani said that Iran will give another two-month deadline to the European Union to salvage the 2015 nuclear pact.

France has proposed offering Iran $15 billion ransom payment in credit lines until year-end if Tehran comes fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal. Macron has declined to provide any details of the negotiations.

Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.