The action would bring Iran close to weapons-grade uranium—a dangerous measure for the West as relations between the Persian nation and America deteriorate. This Sunday mark’s the one-year anniversary of the killing of Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian major general with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, who was planning attacks on American targets in the region, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the civilian Atomic Energy Organization of Iran who also studied in America, told Iranian state television an analogy to illustrate the country’s leadership to take action.
“We are like soldiers and our fingers are on the triggers,” Salehi said, as reported by Fox. “The commander should command and we shoot. We are ready for this and will produce (20% enriched uranium) as soon as possible.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency acknowledged the enrichment move Friday.
“Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act recently passed by the country’s parliament, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran intends to produce low-enriched uranium … up to 20 percent at the Fordo Fuel Enrichment Plant,” the IAEA said.
This news follows a top Iranian official declaring Friday that President Trump and anyone else responsible for the killing of Soleimani will “not be safe on Earth.”
Referring to Trump and US leaders, Iran judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi said no one, including Trump, are “immune from justice” for their part in the drone strike that killed the top general one year ago, as reported by Fox News.
“They will witness severe revenge,” Raisi said. “What has come so far has only been glimpses.”
As tensions worsen between the two countries, enriched uranium in the hands of the Iranians will only increase tensions and increase fears of potential nuclear fighting.
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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