Former Iranian diplomat Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi said that the nuclear bomb is only a pretext, a lie, or a fabrication and that Iran does not seek to produce one. He made his remarks in an interview that aired on Al-Mamlaka TV (Jordan) on July 12, 2021. Afghahi continued to say that if Iran did want to produce a nuclear bomb, it would be capable of doing so, as it has already enriched uranium metal to 60-80%. He added that if Iran had wanted to produce a nuclear bomb, it would not seek the permission of America and Israel. For more information about Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afhahi, see MEMRI TV clips Nos. 7945 and 8163.
Seyyed Hadi Seyyed Afghahi: "The nuclear bomb issue is a mere pretext. It is a lie and a fabrication. They know that Iran is not striving to obtain a nuclear bomb. As the Leader [Khamenei] said, if we had wanted to build a nuclear bomb, we would not have sought the permission of America or Israel, which have dangerous nuclear warheads themselves. Had we wanted to make a nuclear bomb, we would not have feared anyone. However, we are not about to produce a nuclear bomb. First of all, as your other guest said, this is prohibited by law. I am not talking only about nuclear bombs, but also about biological and chemical weapons.
"We have put the issue of the nuclear bomb behind us. We are not about to manufacture one, and if we had wanted to make one, we would not have feared anyone, and nobody would have been able to prevent us from doing this. We are not seeking to obtain a nuclear bomb.
"Iran is already capable of producing a nuclear bomb. Iran has managed to enrich uranium metal. Uranium metal is enriched for medical, research, scientific, and military purposes. They are now using uranium metal, which has been enriched to 60%-80%, and no one is accusing them of trying to obtain a nuclear bomb."