Israel would be destroyed in “half an hour” if the US decided to attack Iran, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on July 1.
“If the US attacks us, only half an hour will remain of Israel’s lifespan,” Chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mojtaba Zolnour said as cited by the Mehr news agency.
Earlier on the same day, Iran revealed that it had broken the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium by the 2015 nuclear deal, marking its first major departure from the unraveling agreement a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord.
“According to my information, Iran has surpassed the 300kg limit [in producing low-enriched uranium] and we had already announced [that we were planning to do] this,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
“According to what has been announced, we have said very clearly what we are doing and consider this as part of our rights as per the JCPOA.”
He added that Iran had already announced that if steps taken by Europeans to compensate any possible losses to Iran following unilateral withdrawal of the US from the JCPOA were not adequate, it would take steps to reduce its commitments to the agreement.
“We already announced that measures taken by Europeans have not been sufficient, and as the Islamic Republic had announced, we will implement the second stage of reducing our commitments. The first stage is going on both with regard to [the enriched] uranium stocks and heavy water stocks, and the next stage has been announced and will be implemented,” Tasnim news agency quoted Zarif as saying.