Dr. Mahmoud-Reza Aghamiri, the head of the Nuclear Engineering Department at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, said in a lecture that was uploaded to the Snn.ir Telegram channel on April 9, 2022, that Iran has nuclear "deterrence capability." He explained that this is the ability to rapidly enrich uranium to 99% and "not control" nuclear fission." He added that Iran has the capability to Install a nuclear warhead "and let it do whatever it wants." He referred to this as Iran's "inalienable right," gave North Korea as an example of the effectiveness of nuclear deterrence, explaining that it can threaten America and act like a bully even though it only has seven nuclear bombs.
Dr. Mahmoud-Reza Aghamiri: "Not a day passes - when I say this, it means that it may have happened or is happening this morning - without Israel saying that if needed, it will use a nuclear bomb against Iran. Even in the case of Ukraine, you saw that Russia threatened that if it could not reach an agreement under certain conditions, the option of a nuclear bomb exists - Putin has the [nuclear] suitcase, and [Russia] would use this option. What does this mean?
"It means that something might happen in the world, and unless you have the required protection, you might become the victim. So this is a constant threat against any country that cannot defend itself.
"I was asked how many nuclear bombs North Korea has? Would you believe it if I told you they [only] have seven bombs? Yet, North Korea behaves like a bully.
"It talks aggressively and threatens the Americans and the entire world. Today, you have the deterrence capability. What does this mean?
"It means you can raise your uranium enrichment level to 99% within a very short period of time. You have the power, if needed, to 'not control' the nuclear fission. In other words, you can install it on a warhead and let it do whatever it wants.
"You have the capability to develop and complete the [nuclear] fuel cycle that is needed for that purpose. We call this an 'inalienable right.'
"In order to defend this right, Iran had to resist, fight, and stand up for itself, in order to defend the rights of future generations. On the nuclear issue, we must insist on our position and be steadfast.
"If our nuclear capability was at the level of 1997-1998, who would bother to negotiate with you? It is natural to have the power, the might, and the capabilities that would make your enemy succumb to your demands in the negotiations."