Rubio Urges Biden Administration to Address Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions Amid Israel-Hamas Conflict

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has called on the Biden administration to take stringent measures against Iran’s nuclear aspirations, following indications of Iran’s involvement in the recent Hamas attack on Israel.

Quick Facts

  • Letter to State Department: Rubio, supported by Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), penned a letter to the State Department, emphasizing the need to release details about the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) five-year probe into Iran.
  • IAEA’s Investigation: The IAEA’s inquiry focused on Iran’s concealed nuclear materials and objectives tied to the covert 2003 Amad Plan, which aimed to develop nuclear weapons.
  • Iran’s Role in Hamas Attack: A Hamas spokesperson acknowledged Iran’s backing in the assault, and a Wall Street Journal report suggested Iran’s participation in the offensive.

Senator Rubio’s letter to the State Department highlighted the Iranian regime’s intent to spread terror across the region, as manifested by its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, and their recent attacks on Israel. Rubio stressed the importance of holding Iran accountable for its non-compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations.

While no U.S. intelligence has confirmed Iran’s prior knowledge of the attack, evidence suggests that Iran was caught off guard by the assault’s magnitude and timing. Nonetheless, Iran has historically supported and funded Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. Despite the 1970 international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty aimed at curbing the spread of nuclear weapons, Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear capabilities. A congressional report in July, referencing U.S. intelligence evaluations, stated that Iran possesses the “capacity to produce nuclear weapons at some point” but hasn’t acquired all the essential technologies for such weaponry.

The U.S. and the IAEA are still probing whether Iran is secretly developing nuclear weapons, with no evidence found to date. Rubio also mentioned the IAEA’s unsuccessful attempts to inspect several areas in Iran. He criticized the Biden Administration for its lack of decisive action against Iran in Vienna and expressed concerns over reports of the U.S. opposing a censure of Iran.

For Further Reading
The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is an international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. It promotes peaceful uses of nuclear energy and aims for nuclear disarmament. The treaty, which came into effect in 1970, has been signed by 191 states, including the five nuclear-weapon states: the U.S., Russia, China, France, and the UK.


What is the Amad Plan?
The Amad Plan was a covert initiative by Iran in 2003 with the goal of developing atomic weapons.

Has the IAEA found any evidence of Iran’s covert nuclear activities?
As of now, the IAEA and the U.S. are still investigating, but they have not found any evidence of Iran using covert facilities to produce nuclear weapons.

Original article source: Washington Examiner

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