Iran can revise its nuclear doctrine to deal with Israel

A commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards said Tehran could reconsider its “nuclear doctrine” after Israel threatened to attack in response.

“The threat from Israel to Iran’s nuclear facilities may cause us to reconsider our nuclear doctrine, away from previous considerations,” Ahmad Haghtalab, commander of the Guard’s nuclear security force. Islamic Revolution of Iran (IRGC), told Tasnim today.

The warning was issued in the context of Israel announcing that it would respond to Iran’s attack on the country on the night of April 13. This is the first time in history that Iran has fired from its territory to attack Israel, in retaliation for the attack on Tehran’s consulate in Syria on April 1, killing 13 people. Iran accuses Israel of being behind it, but Tel Aviv has not claimed responsibility.

“If Israel wants to target Iran’s nuclear facilities and centers, we will certainly respond decisively with advanced missiles, targeting their nuclear facilities,” Haghtalab warned.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has not commented on the information.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is the person who has the right to decide on Tehran’s nuclear program, which is suspected by the West of serving military purposes. Mr. Khamenei in 2019 reaffirmed that manufacturing and stockpiling nuclear bombs is wrong and completely banned the use of these weapons.

Iran in 2015 reached the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with six major powers. Under the deal, Tehran will limit its nuclear activities in return for a partial lifting of sanctions. The US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and re-imposed strict sanctions on Iran. Tehran also abandoned its commitments in the agreement in response.

The US and Iran began indirect negotiations, with the EU intermediary, to restore the JCPOA in April 2021 in Vienna, Austria but have been deadlocked since 2022. Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said in February that Iran continues to enrich uranium with a purity rate of up to 60%, far beyond the level needed for commercial use.