Zionist intelligence minister called Tuesday for a military coalition against Iran if the Islamic Republic were to enrich military-grade uranium.
Yisrael Katz’s remarks came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began visiting European leaders to discuss ‘Iran’s regional involvement’ and nuclear program.
European powers have been scrambling to preserve a landmark deal over Tehran’s nuclear program since US President Donald Trump announced Washington’s withdrawal from the treaty in May.
Katz addressed Tehran’s threat to restart uranium enrichment at an “industrial level” if the 2015 pact falls apart. “If the Iranians don’t surrender now, and try to return” to unsupervised uranium enrichment, “there should be a clear statement by the President of the United States and all of the Western coalition,” he said. “The Arabs and Israel surely would be there too.”
The message should be that “if the Iranians return” to enriching uranium that could enable them to build a nuclear bomb, “a military coalition will be formed against them,” Katz told Israeli public radio station Kan.
The Head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced on Tuesday that Iran will start manufacturing new centrifuges in Natanz on 6 June, following the Leader’s directives.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayyed Ali Khamenei ordered the AEOI to get prepared for uranium enrichment up to a level of 190,000 SWU (separative work unit) within the framework of the 2015 nuclear deal.