Mossad chief David Barnea promised that Iran will never have nuclear weapons
By Peter Aitken
While Tehran continues to deny that it helped Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine, the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has warned that Iran intends to send more weapons to Russia.
In a speech to staff members at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, Mossad chief David Barnea emphasized that his organization is “still warning about Iran’s future and intentions, which it is trying to keep secret,” including Tehran’s attempts to “deepen and expand the supply of advanced weapons to Russia.”
Over the past few months, Moscow is allegedly received weapons from Iran, starting with a shipment of Shahed-136 “Kamikaze” drones. Tehran has repeatedly asserted that it “has not” and “will not” provide Russia with any weapons.
However, Barnea claimed in a speech to his agency’s staff that they had earlier this year shared intelligence with Western allies that demonstrated Iran intended to share the drones with Russia, with plans to set up additional deliveries in the months to come, according to Iran International.
Barnea echoed criticisms made by Benjamin Netanyahu when he referred to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, as a “absurd” agreement.
In a previous Fox News Digital interview, Netanyahu said that the deal is “probably dead” after “the entire world saw what the true face of this regime is.”
“We are warning about Iran’s intention to expand its uranium enrichment program, and its intention to increase its influence over friendly Muslim countries in the region in various ways,” Barnea said.
Iran reportedly reached 60% enrichment of uranium at its Fordow enrichment plant, marking a dangerous step closer to the country’s goal of obtaining nuclear weapons. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran had informed the agency that it had started to enrich uranium at the higher levels.
Weapons require 90% purity, but the level Iran has reached far exceeds its 20% produced prior to the 2015 nuclear deal, meaning that the country far exceeded the 3.67% cap the deal had mandated.
“Is this the country that the free world wants to sign any agreement with?” Barnea asked. “Our eyes will remain open, we will be doubly alert.”
“I repeat my promise, as I said here last year as well, that Iran will not have nuclear weapons… never. This is my commitment, this is the institution’s commitment,” he asserted.