According to a German intelligence report, Iran has been attempting to buy weapons of mass destruction in order to expand its arsenal.
Amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the May 2019 report branded the latter as a “risk country” trying to get their hands on atomic bombs, chemical weapons, and biological weapons.
“(The Islamic Republic is) making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction,” the report read.
The issues between the countries began escalating after Iranians promised to constrain their nuclear program as a part of the Iran Deal in 2015.
Following the agreement, however, Trump slammed the deal and claimed it was the “worst deal in history” because it didn’t prevent Iran from developing weapons.
After the Islamic Republic backed out of the deal, John Bolton, the US national security adviser, spoke out and warned that the only clear reason for Iran to do so could be to seek weapons of mass destruction.
Following the pressure of other signatories of the Iran Deal, including the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and China, Iran has set a deadline for EU to provide acceptable terms in order for the country to be willing to meet their demands.
“We know the Iranian regime is on the hunt for money to fund their malign activities and so it is imperative that the U.S. and our European allies work together to deny this regime the capital they seek,” Richard Allen Grenell, the United States ambassador to Germany, said in an interview with Fox News.
“They will use secretive schemes and dark money; we must be vigilant. They are strapped for cash.”
Besides Iran, the German intelligence report also accused Pakistan and North Korea of attempting to secure contracts for weapons production from their factories.
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