Iran: We Have Technical Means to Produce Atom Bomb, No Intention of Doing So

Nuclear chief echoes comments from Ayatollah aide

Speaking to Fars News Agency, Iran’s atomic energy chief Mohammed Eslami reported that the nation has the technical capability to produce an atomic bomb, but that they have no intention of trying to do so.

Eslami is not the first official to point this out. Top aide to Ayatollah Khamenei Kamal Kharrazi said the same thing last month. Eslami would be in a better position to know the technical capacity of the nation.

At the same time, an aide to the Supreme Leader would be in a better position to know Iran’s intentions, especially with Khamenei declaring nuclear arms to be haram, or religiously forbidden, to even attempt to acquire.

That’s the crux of the nuclear dispute with Iran for years, as Iran works on a civilian capability that they absolutely have every right to, and the US won’t accept Iran’s ruling out of weaponization, despite the vast majority of nuclear energy powers on the planet making similar decisions.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.