Tehran could be capable of building a nuclear weapon within just a few weeks

Nasser Hadian, 65, is an Iranian political scientist at the University of Tehran. He earned his Ph.D. in the U.S. and taught for a time at Columbia University in New York. Hadian is considered to have a significant influence among the Iranian elite. Because of his critical stance toward his own government, he is also respected internationally.

Tehran continues to enrich uranium.

The nuclear deal with Iran is dead and negotiations aimed at resuscitating it have been suspended.

Apr.5 (Spiegel). U.S. President Joe Biden has said he would not tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran, and Israel has also threatened to attack the country should Tehran build a nuclear weapon. Nasser Hadian

Recently, the U.S. again established contact with Iran through intermediaries, says Nasser Hadian, an Iranian professor of political science who regularly participates in background discussions.

Here, the Tehran analyst, who earned his Ph.D. in the U.S., explains Tehran’s risky strategy and why the West must take action now.

DER SPIEGEL: You say that the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), may soon be relaunched, despite all contrary indications. What makes you so optimistic?

Hadian: All the alternatives to the JCPOA are inconvenient and costly. They are bad options for all sides, as they may lead towards war.

DER SPIEGEL: How so?

Hadian: Let’s take a look ...

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