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Israeli Army Says Iran Will Have Enough Material For A Bomb By End Of 2020

A view of the nuclear water reactor of Arak, south of the capital Tehran, December 23, 2019

The Israeli army estimates that the Islamic Republic of Iran will be capable of producing enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb by the end of 2020 and a missile capable of carrying a nuclear bomb within the next two years.

If Iran continues its nuclear program at the current rate; it is estimated that Tehran will have enough enriched uranium to make a nuclear bomb by the end of the year, local Israeli media cited the Army's Intelligence department as saying, on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called upon all countries to refer Tehran's nuclear case to the United Nations Security Council., which can trigger the snap-back option, reimposing international sanctions.

Israeli media say army estimates show Iran needs two more years to make a warhead for nuclear missiles.

Iran currently enriches uranium up to four percent, but it might raise it to 20% within six months.

However, according to the assessment, while Iran is moving forward with its program, Israel has a window of opportunity to increase its operations against Iranian entrenchment in the Middle East due to the assassination of the architect of the Islamic Republic's hegemonic aspirations, Qassem Soleimani, Jerusalem Post reported.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday evening addressed the publication of military assessments.

"We know exactly what is going on in the Iranian nuclear program," Netanyahu said in a video he posted. "Iran thinks it will obtain nuclear weapons. I will say again - Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons."

Furthermore, Netanyahu reiterated, "I also urge all Western countries to impose the United Nations automatic sanctions mechanism, snapback sanctions, now."

Earlier on January 10, the French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian also warned that the Islamic Republic could produce a nuclear weapon in one to two years if it does not return to compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Tehran nuclear deal with world powers.

Washington dropped JCPOA on May 2018, after President Donald Trump insisted it was a bad deal and also demanded Iran stop its missile program and change its policy of expanding influence in the Middle East.