IRGC General Mohammad Esmail Kowsari, a hardliner politician in Tehran, has threatened that Iran can increase uranium enrichment to weapons grade 93 percent purity.
Speaking to Iran International TV, Iranian analysts said they thought the threat made by the IRGC General was meant to make Washington more eager than ever to reach a deal with Tehran.
According to Kowsari’s words, which were quoted by Etemad Online, Iran may increase uranium enrichment from the present 60% to the bomb-grade 93%. He continued by saying that rather than the other way around, the United States needs Tehran.
In the meanwhile, he rejected the notion that Iran’s faltering economy desperately needed the advantages of a deal that would end sanctions on its oil exports and foreign banks.
In a related event, the conservative website Nameh News stated in an editorial on September 1 that it is improbable that a deal will be reached in the next days, despite the optimism of authorities and media on both sides. The remark did point out that Iran will suffer as a result of the delay, and those who opposed the accord should be held responsible.
President Ebrahim Raisi’s remarks at a press conference earlier this week, according to Nameh News, were seen by many Iranians as an early “no” to a deal.
An IRGC Telegram channel had previously threatened to produce atomic warhead for missiles earlier in July.
The IRGC-linked Bisimchi Media (Radioman Media) Telegram channel published a video titled “When Will Iran’s Sleeping Nuclear Warheads Awaken,” according to the London-based Iran International news outlet.