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Biden’s allegations about Russia’s supposed nuclear escalation in Ukraine are hypocrisy

This is a guest post from Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

The usage of weapons of mass destruction in a conflict hasn’t happened since August 9, 1945, when the United States of America dropped the second atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki (the first one destroyed Hiroshima just three days prior), killing tens of thousands of civilians in seconds. With well over a thousand tests, the US is also infamous for detonating the largest number of atomic and thermonuclear weapons in history.

And yet, the belligerent thalassocracy is also known for using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as a pretext to launch wars of aggression and invasions against dozens of sovereign countries, supposedly to prevent the usage of such weapons in war. The most prominent example of this must be Iraq, which the US and its numerous satellite states have attacked multiple times under this pretext. Iraqi WMDs were never found, although the US still insists that the destruction of the Middle Eastern country was supposedly justified.

Even though virtually the entire world knows that the US accusations against Iraq were based on false claims, America seems determined to continue using this pretext when attacking others. It has been accusing Syria of using chemical weapons for over a decade now, all without solid proof and has even directly attacked the country and its security forces under this pretext.

In addition to Syria, the US-led political West is making the same allegations against Russia. Since February 24, the US and its numerous vassals have been accusing Moscow of using chemical weapons during its special military operation against the Neo-Nazi junta in Kiev. Western state and corporate-run mainstream media have been spinning this narrative for months, especially in April and May. However, US President Joe Biden has upped the ante and effectively accused Russia of planning to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

On Sunday, September 18, during a “60 Minutes” interview, Joe Biden “issued a warning” to his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to “not change the face of war” by supposedly “using either tactical nuclear or chemical weapons” against the Kiev regime forces. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” the US president stated while speaking to CBS interviewer Scott Pelley.

The question was most likely staged as a way to portray Russia in the worst possible light while presenting the US as the supposed “voice of reason,” which is quite hypocritical given the US history of using WMDs. Biden didn’t specify what the US would do in case Russia decided to use such weapons, but he claimed that it would be “consequential” and that the end result would be: “They’ll become more of a pariah in the world than they ever have been.” Without going into specifics, he stated that the US reaction would “depend on the extent of what they do.”

It’s quite clear these warnings and empty threats are primarily designed for domestic use, given the unflattering state of America’s economy and the severe inflation which is hurting the American people’s purchasing power. In addition, there have been no indicators that Russia is planning to use any sort of WMDs, especially given the fact that the Eurasian giant hasn’t declared war or national mobilization. Russia’s strategic forces have been put on high alert in previous months, but this was in response to US and NATO actions.

The Kiev regime has regularly been accusing Russia of alleged chemical weapons usage, but none of these claims were ever supported by any evidence and were mostly used for war propaganda purposes. More recently, the Kiev regime officials have also been claiming that Russia is now using the Soviet-era Zaporozhye nuclear power plant for “nuclear blackmail” and to “unleash nuclear terror”. These allegations are quite strange and even ironic, given the fact that the Neo-Nazi junta forces have been shelling the nuclear power plant for months, risking a potential nuclear catastrophe, possibly orders of magnitude worse than the 1986 Chernobyl or 2011 Fukushima disasters.

In early August, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the world was “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” At the time, Guterres added that “we have been extraordinarily lucky so far” and called for a broader stand-down of all nuclear-armed powers’ arsenals, but also stressed that the “luck” the world had enjoyed so far in avoiding a nuclear catastrophe “may not last” and urged the world to “renew a push towards eliminating all such weapons.”

“Luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict,” he concluded.

Moscow has also voiced its own concern for the potential of nuclear escalation, but these warnings were directed at the political West, particularly its military wing in the form of NATO, which has been conducting a crawling expansion toward Russia’s borders for over three decades now, despite promises not to do so.

In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov vowed that Moscow would do everything in its power to avoid using nuclear weapons. However, he also stressed the danger of underestimating how fast things could spiral out of control in Ukraine if the political West continued its belligerent policies towards Russia. Lavrov’s comments were specifically directed at NATO and its destabilizing role in Ukraine as the aggressive military alliance has been effectively engaged in a proxy war against Russia by supplying billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Neo-Nazi junta in Kiev.

Source: InfoBrics


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Bitchute Version of my video

MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian diplomat sternly warned Washington Friday against supplying long-range weapons to Ukraine, noting that the U.S. is balancing on the edge of direct involvement in the conflict.

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov also pointed to the country’s military doctrine that envisages the use of nuclear weapons in case of a threat to the existence of the Russian state.

“We have repeatedly warned the U.S. about the consequences that may follow if the U.S. continues to flood Ukraine with weapons,” Ryabkov said. “It effectively puts itself in a state close to what can be described as a party to the conflict.”

Speaking on state television, Ryabkov warned that ”a very narrow margin that separates the U.S. from becoming a party to the conflict mustn’t create an illusion for rabid anti-Russian forces that everything will remain as it is if they cross it.”

He emphasized that Russia will push its offensive in Ukraine until it reaches its aims.

“Russia is capable of fully defending its interests, and the goals of the special military operation will be fully achieved,” Ryabkov said.

He pointed out that Russia’s military doctrine stipulates that it could use nuclear weapons in case of aggression against Russia and its allies involving mass destruction weapons, or an aggression involving conventional weapons that threatens the very existence of the Russian state.

Supplies of the U.S. HIMARS multiple rocket launchers strengthened the strike capability of the Ukrainian army, which has used them to hit key infrastructure facilities and other targets. The truck-mounted systems fire GPS-guided missiles capable of reaching targets up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) away.

U.S. authorities so far have refrained from providing Ukraine with longer range missiles for HIMARS launchers that can reach targets up to 300 kilometers (186 miles) and could potentially allow the Ukrainian military to hit areas deep inside Russia.

“We are warning the U.S. against making provocative steps, such as deliveries of longer-range and more devastating weapons,” Ryabkov said. “It’s a road to nowhere fraught with grave consequences, the responsibility for which will lie entirely with Washington.” Source AP

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COVERT INTEL! Tactical Nukes Shipped out to UKRAINE and it appears the Russians are in Nicaragua

From Hal Turner Radio Show: Intelligence circuits are ablaze this afternoon with information that Russian troop transport planes, fighters, and long range bombers HAVE BEGUN ARRIVING in Nicaragua.

I can confirm that President Daniel Ortega, (yes, the same one as in the 1980’s) has granted permission for Russian troops and military aircraft to be permanently  stationed in Nicaragua for . . . get this . . .  “humanitarian reasons.”

Here is the press release from Tass news showing the fact Ortega has given it his blessing.

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 8. /TASS/. President of Nicaragua Daniel Ortega signed an order extending permission for presence of foreign military contingents, including the Russain one, according to the official government journal.

In addition to Russia, Nicaragua will continue allowing presence of “forces, naval and air vessels” of Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador and the US. The permission is valid for the second half of 2022.

The Constitution of Nicaragua allows presence of foreign forces in the country. The corresponding presidential order is being made regularly.

Like Hal said in his commentary on the above “humanitarian reasons” given for the Russians being there…humanitarian reasons MY BUTT!

But wait there’s more!

Sources very deep inside the US military have relayed a “rumor” that a U.S. Service Member “accidentally” shipped two battlefield Tactical Nuclear Devices to Ukraine along with Ammunition shells for U.S. M177 (correction:  M777)  Howitzers.

The “rumor” goes on to say that almost every security protocol for the handling and shipment of nuclear weapons, was breached in this instance.

The “rumor” goes on to say the US Service member will face a Court Martial for his actions.

When asked for the identity of the accused Service Member, I was told only “He has a Ukrainian surname.”

Johnny’s Commentary

At this point ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE as we are in the tribulation hour and in my opinion the nuclear portion of WW3 will start at any moment, and so we’re going to have to stay ready, as exhausting as it’s been!

At this point it should be clear that NATO and the USA aren’t really interested in peaceful co-existence with Russia but rather they want to dominate Russia and “Balkanize” the nation while plundering it’s vast resources.

Russia saw the writing on the wall and that they were being surrounded on all fronts (it continues with Finland/Sweden up north) so they decided to strike first, particularly in Eastern Ukraine also known as the Donbass region. Russia has made it clear that any interference by NATO or the USA will be met with force and recently Putin and all of his cronies have been very clear…they will use nuclear weapons when and if they deem it necessary.

Now it appears that they are establishing themselves here in the Western hemisphere with military bases in Nicaragua, Venezuela and of course Cuba. The Russian military has been operating in Nicaragua for awhile now so it’s not a shock that Ortega renewed the Russian permissions to be there.

As for the tactical nukes being sent to Ukraine? I would not be shocked to find out that it’s true. Why? It reminds me of the time nukes went missing on George W Bush’s watch circa 2007. You can read all about it by searching for “nuclear weapons missing 2007” and you’ll find a ton of information on the incident. Here is a link to Wikipedia.

So you see it wouldn’t be a stretch that such an incident happens again is it? If those tactical nukes are used to kill Russian troops on the battlefield there is no doubt in my mind that Russia would hit NATO and the USA very hard. It would rain Zircon hypersonic missiles on Brussels, Berlin, London, Washington DC and more!

Like Hal said this is just a RUMOR so far but keep the 2007 nuclear incident in mind before you go dismissing it all! Stay ready! Prayed up and prepped up at all times!

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Ukraine has TONS of Nuclear Materials for HUNDREDS of Dirty Bombs

☢️🔥This is more than a bomb!

At the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant, the Zelensky regime has accumulated 30 tons of plutonium and 40 tons of enriched uranium.

This was reported by Wall Street Journal journalist Lawrence Norman (https://t.me/infantmilitario/76460) with reference to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi.

This means that Zelensky’s threats on February 19, 2022 in Munich were not empty – the regime really stood on the verge of creating its own nuclear bomb!

And hundreds of “dirty” bombs can be made from this amount of radioactive material!

By the end of the second week of the Special Operation, we had enough evidence (https://t.me/vrogov/1866) of the Zelensky regime’s planned attack on the Donbass and Russian Crimea, the officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine found maps with directions of strikes, documents and orders with dates and directions.

Even then, information was confirmed about the creation by the Zelensky regime, with the support of the British, of a “dirty” bomb capable of causing radioactive contamination of a large area, as well as plans to use such charges in terrorist attacks on Belgorod, Bryansk, Rostov-on-Don and Simferopol.

Even before the start of the Special Operation, I warned about the threat and ongoing preparations for nuclear terrorist attacks in Russian cities (https://ren.tv/news/v-mire/941611-ekspert-sprognoziroval-iadernyi-terakt-posle-slov-zelenskogo) from the Zelensky regime.

That is why the main directions of advancement of the Liberation Army were the Chernobyl and Zaporozhye NPPs, as well as the Kharkov Fiztekh, where they developed and produced “dirty bomb” components.

Senator Mitt Romney Says NATO Should Prepare for Russian Nuclear Strike

From NY Post and AP

The US and its NATO allies should prepare a “devastating” response to potential Russian nuclear action, Sen. Mitt Romney said on Saturday.

The call to action comes on the heels of threats from the Kremlin and warnings from Russian diplomats that the country’s Ukraine invasion could lead to a nuclear strike, the Utah Republican wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times.

“Russia’s use of a nuclear weapon would unarguably be a redefining, reorienting geopolitical event,” Romney, 75, wrote.

“We should imagine the unimaginable, specifically how we would respond militarily and economically to such a seismic shift in the global geopolitical terrain.”

The former presidential candidate presented several options available to western allies in addition to a nuclear response if a “cornered and delusional” Russian President Vladimir Putin deployed a nuclear weapon.

NATO forces could engage with Russia in Ukraine and crush out their attempts to reclaim the peaceful former Soviet territory, he wrote.

The US could also pressure China and other Russia allies to turn against its partner with an ultimatum, similar to the one delivered by former President George W. Bush after the 9/11 attacks.

“You are either with us, or you are with Russia — you cannot be with both,” Romney wrote.

Any nation that aligned with a post-nuclear Russia would be a “global pariah,” and would be forced to endure an “economic Armageddon,” which is “far preferable to nuclear Armageddon,” he said.

Romney said he supports the continued US support of Ukraine and presumes the Biden administration is working with NATO to “develop and evaluate a broad range of options.”

“The potential responses to an act so heinous and geopolitically disorienting as a nuclear strike must be optimally designed and have the support of our NATO allies,” Romney concluded.

“Mr. Putin and his enablers should have no doubt that our answer to such depravity would be devastating.” Source

My commentary begins below.

Since Senator Romney is definitely “inside the circle” of power in DC we would be wise to listen to what he is saying here. He is telling us what’s going to happen next as they set up the use of nuclear weapons in the war. With the rumors of Poland and other NATO allies actually deploying regular troops inside of Ukraine, Russia may indeed be forced to use tactical nukes in order to stop a rapid NATO advance.

Time will tell but we all know that WW3 has already begun and it’s only a matter of time before NATO and the US is hit by nuclear and scalar weapons from Russia and China. Their troops are already embedded into American society and the equipment they need is already here so you better be ready at all times! This war won’t be one you watch on CNN while ordering food.

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Russia-Ukraine war latest: Former NATO commander warns that West must gear up for war

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine hits its 64th day, a former NATO commander urged the West to prepare for a “worst case” scenario: war with Russia. Meanwhile, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Thursday visited areas around Kyiv that were formally held by Russian forces. “The war is evil,” he said while standing beside destroyed apartment blocks in the town of Borodyanka.

In response to comments made by the U.K. foreign secretary over the West’s needing to “double down” on its support for Ukraine, former NATO commander Richard Shirreff told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program it was “absolutely the right approach” and that “it’s got to be followed through with significant resources, and it’s got to be done right across the alliance as a whole.”

Shirreff, formerly a NATO deputy strategic commander for Europe, went on to caution that the Kremlin is likely to respond to this aggressively and that the West should be prepared for a worst-case scenario. “The worst case is war with Russia,” he said. “By gearing itself up for the worst case, it is most likely to deter [Russian President Vladimir] Putin because ultimately Putin respects strength.” Source

Meanwhile Ukraine says Russia is Increasing Pace of Attacks all Over Ukraine!

Ukraine’s military command posted a public social media message warning the public that Russia is “increasing the pace of the offensive operation” which is coming “in almost all directions”.

The Ukraine armed forces’ statement said of the stepped up attacks that “in almost all directions, the Russian occupiers are exerting intense fire,” with the most concentrated military activity “observed in [the] Slobozhansky and Donetsk directions” of Ukraine’s north and east. Starting earlier in the month Russia’s defense ministry made it clear it’s seeking full control primarily of Ukraine’s east and south.’

The warning to the public and to inform Kiev’s Western backers come the day after Russia’s President Putin threatened “lighting”-fast retaliatory strikes on “decision-making centers” if foreign countries meddle in the conflict. He said during an address before the Council of Legislators in St. Petersburg that the armed forces remain undeterred as “all the objectives will definitely be carried out” in the Ukraine operation, before warning:

“If someone intends to interfere in what is going on from the outside they must know that constitutes an unacceptable strategic threat to Russia.

“They must know that our response to counter-strikes will be lightning-fast.”

Ukrainian officials have also said Russia has begun imposing parallel local governments, for example in the now fallen city of Kherson the Kremlin has appointed its own mayor and a pro-Russian administration over the region, which declared that Kherson’s return to Ukrainian control is now “impossible”. Source

Meanwhile Russian State TV is saying that “We’re all going to die someday” and that “Nuclear war is the most probable outcome”!

Vladimir Putin will launch an all-out nuclear war on the West rather than accept defeat in Ukraine, Russia’s chief propagandists have declared, in just the latest chilling threat coming from Moscow.

Margarita Simonyan, editor of state broadcaster RT and one of the Kremlin’s highest-profile mouthpieces, declared on TV last night that the idea of Putin pressing the red button is ‘more probable’ than the idea that he will allow Russia to lose the war.

‘Either we lose in Ukraine,’ she said, ‘or the Third World War starts. I think World War Three is more realistic, knowing us, knowing our leader.

‘The most incredible outcome, that all this will end with a nuclear strike, seems more probable to me than the other course of events.

‘This is to my horror on one hand,’ she told a panel of experts shifting nervously in their seats, ‘but on the other hand, it is what it is. We will go to heaven, while they will simply croak… We’re all going to die someday.’

Simonyan’s calm imagining of nuclear holocaust is just the latest threat issued from the top levels of the Russian state, after fellow propagandist Vladimir Solovyov, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Putin himself issued threats in the last 48 hours. Source

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War update! Putin Says “The Decision has been Made” and the Response Could Be Nuclear

The president of Russia was absolutely clear and left no room for misinterpretation: “The decision has been made,” he stressed. All of that and much more is in today’s video about the war and how it could go nuclear and very soon! Stay ready guys, prayed up and prepped up at all times!

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USAF Deploys Nuclear “Sniffer” Aircraft to Europe!


The United States Air Force deployed a WC-135W “Constant Phoenix” to RAF Mildenhall air base in the United Kingdom on January 30, 2021. This peculiar aircraft is specialized in the detection of radioactive particles in the atmosphere, hence its nickname – the “sniffer.” 

The deployment of a Constant Phoenix in Europe is a rather rare occurrence. The first incident dates back to the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster, when multiple WC-135s were deployed to monitor the catastrophe. Since then, the sniffer has only visited the continent twice: once in 2017, and again in 2020. In both cases, the mission took the aircraft close to the Russian border. 

The WC-135 is based on the airframe of the C-135 Stratolifter. Out of the 10 WC-135 aircraft that were built (plus one EC-135C converted in 1998), only two remain, both operated by the USAF 45th Reconnaissance Squadron. They are both regularly solicited in the Pacific Ocean, keeping an eye on the North Korean nuclear program. The WC-135W’s current mission in Europe is unknown.  Source: https://www.aerotime.aero/30105-usaf-wc-135w-nuclear-observation-europe

Johnny’s Commentary

THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES over and above any other moves that NATO or the USA has made during these tensions with Russia. As the above article states the deployment of the “Constant Phoenix” in Europe is a RARE occurrence as there have been only 3 deployments of these aircraft to Europe since 1986!

That means they are actively monitoring for nuclear weapons over Europe. That tells me that this war will go nuclear and probably right away. Prayed up and prepped up and remember to “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Israel’s Gantz Claims Iran is Responsible for Explosion on Israeli Cargo Ship

As I predicted a few days ago in this YT REPORT, Israel is blaming this “explosion” on their cargo vessel on Iran. Here is a tweet I found with pictures of the damage to which some are comparing to the limpet mines that were blamed on Iran a few years ago.

Look familiar?

Now I will refer you to what Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz had to say about this incident to the press yesterday. This report comes from Reuters.

 Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his “initial assessment” was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.

The ship, a vehicle-carrier named MV Helios Ray, suffered an explosion between Thursday and Friday morning. A U.S. defence official in Washington said the blast left holes above the waterline in both sides of the hull. The cause was not immediately clear and no casualties were reported.

“Iran is looking to hit Israeli infrastructure and Israeli citizens,” Gantz told the public broadcaster Kan. “The location of the ship in relative close proximity to Iran raises the notion, the assessment, that it is the Iranians.”

“Right now, at an initial assessment level, given the proximity and the context – that is my assessment,” Gantz said, adding a deeper investigation still had to be carried out.

There was no immediate comment from Iranian officials.

The ship is owned by a Tel Aviv company called Ray Shipping through a company registered in the Isle of Man, according to a U.N. shipping database.

Israeli Channel 13 News said defence officials believed the Iranian navy had launched a precision strike to avoid casualties, firing two missiles at a part of the ship that if damaged would not have sunk the vessel.

It added an Israeli delegation was en route to Dubai, where the ship was docked, to investigate.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the report.

Kan named the owner as Rami Ungar and quoted him on Friday as saying: “The damage is two holes, diameter approximately 1.5 metres, but it is not yet clear to us if this was caused by missile fire or mines that were attached to the ship.”

Johnny’s Commentary

This shouldn’t surprise anyone since the US just bombed Syria directly last week and it appears that the Biden Administration is going to continue to push for war with Iran (on behalf of the Zionists of course). Remember Joe Biden has said he’s a Zionist on several different occasions so don’t expect any breakthroughs with Israel and their war crimes anytime soon.

What does surprise me is that Israel and the US are using this method of false flag again. Didn’t the US just try this 2 years ago with Bolton and Pompeo in charge? Did someone bring Bolton back? This smells like one of his hairbrained schemes to justify a shooting war with Iran. It appears Israel likes that tactic so now they’re using it again to try to blame Iran for wanting to harm Israel.

The question is does this justify war with Iran? By itself I would say no it doesn’t because it doesn’t wash. Where’s the motive for Iran to attack Israel in this manner? It would be contributing to their own demise and Iran isn’t suicidal. Retaliation for their dead nuclear scientist? I doubt it because any retaliation would be a much larger show than just an explosion on a random Israeli cargo ship. There’s no impact with an attack like that and Iran needs to make a larger statement than that if this were truly a retaliation for their assassinated nuclear scientist.

However this “explosion”, combined with the nuclear program issues, terrorism, militias in Iraq and Syria causing trouble could justify Israel and their big brother the USA to start a war with Iran. They’ll use the usual rhetoric saying things like “we can’t let them get a nuke” or “they must pay for their sponsorship of worldwide terror” or any combination of those and other catchphrases they drum up for war. Right now war between the US, Israel and Iran feels definite, that it WILL HAPPEN soon. Israel wants/needs this war in order to bring about their Messiah, which they were praying about last weekend, remember?

I would suggest getting your last minute preps in order because between the lockdowns, banking “glitches” with the federal reserve and Visa/Mastercard last week, volcanoes and earthquakes popping off at record levels and more we are rapidly heading into the tribulation, so be ready! Prayed up first, prepped up second. You never know when its your time so be ready to go!

Iran installs 2nd batch of advanced centrifuges at Natanz

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Source: Times of Israel

Iran has continued to ramp up its nuclear program in violation of its 2015 agreement with world powers by further enriching uranium and installing new centrifuges, the United Nations’ nuclear agency said.

The fresh breaches of the nuclear deal came as tensions continued to climb in the Middle East, and US and Israeli officials issued warnings about Iran’s nuclear program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency — in a confidential report obtained by Reuters and published Tuesday — said Iran has begun enriching uranium in its underground Natanz plant with a second cascade, or cluster, of centrifuges,.

Iran recently installed a second cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at Natanz to enrich uranium and will soon add a third. Iran was only allowed to use a less advanced type of centrifuge under the terms of the nuclear deal.

The first cascade it installed recently was composed of 174 IR-2m machines, according to Reuters.

Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog confirmed on Tuesday the installation of the second batch of advanced centrifuges at Natanz.

“Thanks to our diligent nuclear scientists, two cascades of 348 IR2m centrifuges with almost 4 times the capacity of IR1 are now running… successfully in Natanz,” Kazem Gharibabadi said on Twitter. “Installation of 2 cascades of IR6 centrifuges has also been started in Fordo. There’s more to come soon.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1356579388263968768&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.timesofisrael.com%2Fun-iran-breaching-deal-installs-2nd-batch-of-advanced-centrifuges-at-natanz%2F&siteScreenName=timesofisrael&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Natanz is Iran’s main nuclear enrichment plant. An explosion at the site last year, which foreign media reports have attributed to Israel or the US, damaged an advanced centrifuge development and assembly plant.

Iran said last month it planned to install 1,000 new centrifuges at Natanz within three months and that its scientists had exceeded previous goals for uranium enrichment.

Also last month, Tehran announced it was beginning to enrich uranium up to 20 percent — far beyond the 3.5% permitted under the nuclear deal, and a relatively small technical step away from the 90% needed for a nuclear weapon. Iran also said it was beginning research into uranium metal, a material that technically has civilian uses but is seen as another likely step toward a nuclear bomb.

Iran said last week it would also move to restrict short-notice inspections of suspect nuclear facilities from late February.

Iran insists it is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a position repeated last week by its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Tuesday’s report came amid a flurry of activity surrounding Iran’s nuclear program and as Iran and the US maneuvered ahead of expected negotiations.

US President Joe Biden has said he intends to return to the nuclear deal if Iran first returns to compliance. Iran says the US must first remove all of the sanctions it placed on the country after it withdrew from the treaty.Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of the capital Tehran, on April, 9, 2007. (Hasan Sarbakhshian/AP)

Zarif on Monday asked the European Union to coordinate a synchronized return of both Washington and Tehran into a nuclear deal.

The US and Iran have exchanged barbs, both before and after Biden took control of the White House, including by issuing threats and carrying out military maneuvers.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that Iran was currently months away from being able to produce enough material to build a nuclear weapon. And, he said, that timeframe could be reduced to “a matter of weeks” if Tehran further violates restrictions it agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran and the Trump administration exchanged a steady stream of threats before Trump’s term ended on January 20, with Iran also carrying out fresh breaches of the nuclear agreement. Iran’s aggressive moves were believed to be partially aimed at increasing its leverage ahead of negotiations with Biden.

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