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Iran could develop a nuclear weapon by the end of the year, and has started working on a long-range missile project with North Korea, an insider has claimed.
The leak comes amid reports the US is about to introduce further restrictions on Iran – which has been subject to sanctions by the States since 2018.
Reuters reports that two dozen people and entities involved in Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional arms programs will see sanctions enforced against them from midnight, GMT.
It is believed the further sanctions are being introduced by U.S. President Donald Trump in an effort to dampen Iran's influence in the Middle East.
And the sanctions come a week after President Trump successfully brokered relations between the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Israel.
The new sanctions are believed to be an effort to hinder Iran's nuclear weapons building efforts.
But a source fears the country may be able to develop such weapons by the end of the year, regardless of sanctions.
The anonymous US government source told Reuters: “Iran is clearly doing everything it can to keep in existence a virtual turnkey capability to get back into the weaponization business at a moment’s notice should it choose to do so."
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The insider went on to claim Iran has a desire to develop and own nuclear weapons despite a 2015 deal to prevent the country building the weapons of mass destruction.
The deal was thrown in to chaos in 2018 when President Trump withdrew the USA from the agreement – and introduced heavy sanctions that have crippled the Middle Eastern country.
While it is alleged Iran has consequently breached the agreement to stock up on low-enriched uranium – a key ingredient in nuclear bomb-making.
The official warned: "Because of Iran’s provocative nuclear escalation, it could have sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon by the end of this year."
They claim to have information from US intelligence and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The source added: “Iran and North Korea have resumed cooperation on a long-range missile project, including the transfer of critical parts."
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