An Iranian lawmaker alleges that Tehran now possesses nuclear bombs, reports The Gateway Pundit.

Iranian Lawmaker Claims Iran Possesses Nuclear Weapons, Contradicting Official Policy

An Iranian lawmaker, Ahmad Bakhshayesh Ardestani, made a bold claim on Friday stating that Iran possesses nuclear weapons, despite the country’s formal policy under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This revelation comes in the wake of the UN’s atomic watchdog highlighting Iran’s capacity to produce multiple nuclear bombs, according to a report by Fox News.

Speaking to local media outlet Rouydad 24, Ardestani contradicted the official line that Iran adheres to the JCPOA, which aims to prevent the nation from developing nuclear arms in exchange for economic sanctions relief.

“In my opinion, we have achieved nuclear weapons, but we do not announce it. It means our policy is to possess nuclear bombs, but our declared policy is currently within the framework of the JCPOA,” Ardestani stated.

This controversial declaration follows a warning by Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, who recently stated that Iran has enriched enough uranium for several nuclear bombs.

The international community, particularly the United States and Israel, has expressed grave concerns over Iran’s nuclear ambitions, with the U.S. withdrawing from the JCPOA in 2018 under President Donald Trump’s administration. In addition, there has been uproar in conservative media after reports surfaced that Barack Obama’s former Secretary of State, John Kerry, has been secretly meeting with Iranian officials to salvage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

According to Fox News, Ardestani, who was re-elected to Iran’s quasi-parliament in March, emphasized the idea that Iran’s possession of nuclear weapons is necessary for its balance of power with countries like the United States and Israel.

Experts on Iran’s illegal nuclear weapons program have cautioned against the speculative nature of Ardestani’s comments. Jason Brodsky, the policy director of the U.S.-based United Against a Nuclear Iran, stated that Ardestani’s position as a member of parliament may not have access to the inner core of the regime’s nuclear decision-making circle, urging that his comments be weighed carefully.

Just days before Ardestani’s announcement, Kamal Kharrazi, president of the Iranian Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, hinted at Iran’s capability to produce a nuclear bomb if its interests are threatened. Kharrazi’s statements were translated and published by the Middle East Media Institute (MEMRI).

Brodsky highlighted the growing threats from Iranian officials regarding potential changes in Iran’s nuclear doctrine in response to perceived threats, particularly from Israel.

Critics of the Biden administration’s Iran policy have argued that the strategy of de-escalation and containment towards Iran’s atomic program has backfired, allowing Iran to rapidly progress towards securing an operational nuclear weapon. Iran’s regime, known as the world’s worst state-sponsor of international terrorism, poses a significant threat with its nuclear advancements.

The situation continues to evolve, raising concerns among world leaders and experts about the future implications of Iran’s nuclear capabilities. The ongoing tensions surrounding Iran’s nuclear program highlight the need for vigilance and strategic diplomacy in addressing this critical issue.