Pompeo’s stark warning: We won’t let Iran develop a nuclear weapon

“We’re watching reports that Iran plans to increase its enrichment capacity,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Thursday, June 7. “We won’t allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. Iran is aware of our resolve.”
Pompeo was responding to the statement by Iran’s atomic energy czar Ali Akbar Salehi that the construction of a facility at Natanz to produce advanced centrifuges for speeding up uranium enrichment will be completed within a month. Salehi notified the UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA about the forthcoming opening of a new facility at Natanz for the enrichment of uranium.  Pompeo also warned: “It should surprise no one if protests in Iran continue.”

DEBKAfile: The Trump administration is determined to avoid Iran’s nuclear bazaar of interminable bargaining and a constant stream of half-statements for confusing the opposition. This drawn-out process of bewilderment and attrition led the Obama administration and five other world powers into signing the 2015 nuclear deal which Trump quit on May 8 after condemning it as deeply flawed.

Pompeo therefore decided to cut short this tortuous process before it starts sowing confusion as a smoke screen for the nuclear program’s real activities. He therefore cut to the chase with an explicit warning directed against the expansion of Iran’s enrichment capacity before it goes any further. As for the “new facility” at Natanz, far from being completed in a month, as Salehi affirmed, we can report that it was built in fact four years ago – another example of Iran’s tactics of confusion. The finished building is shown in the photo at the head of this item. It is ready for activation at the push of a button.

Tehran lost no time in responding to Pompeo’s warning. Salehi ceremonially opened the “new facility” at Natanz later Thursday. After admitting that it had been standing for four years, as DEBKAfile revealed,  he announced that Iran proposed to develop fast new IR8 centrifuges, which are banned under the 2015 nuclear accord. DEBKAfile’s intelligence sources report that meanwhile production began at 10:00 am June 7 of the primitive IR2m and faster IR6 and IR4 centrifuges at the rate of 60 engines a day.

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59 thoughts on “Pompeo’s stark warning: We won’t let Iran develop a nuclear weapon

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 9:33 at 9:33

    Do air raids on all their nuclear facilitis bomb the bunkers and underground facilities first!

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 10:37 at 10:37

      A bit of permanent renovation of their facilities is needed. Don’t forget the bunker busters have limitations. Facilities may be too deep, or well constructed. Some may need a glass lid, if negotiations fail.
      Despots, and terrorists watch this space, but wear eye protection.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:37 at 17:37

        “A bit of permanent renovation of their facilities is needed. Don’t forget the bunker busters have limitations. Facilities may be too deep, or well constructed. Some may need a glass lid, if negotiations fail.
        Despots, and terrorists watch this space, but wear eye protection.”

        If the Intelligence Agencies were able to penetrate Nuclear Files they can do the same at Iranian Facilities. Once uprisings start the Leadership will be under more limitations just as we saw in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan. They will be just interested in finding a safe place to hide and thinking they will be coming back, just like Al-Qaeda, Taliban and ISIS is still trying to do the same thing. The Ayatollah’s Regime Bad Behavior is no longer tolerated and down to threats and bets again thinking nothing will happen. The more they talk and bluster the more one knows they are more bark than bites!

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 15:22 at 15:22

      They already have nuke , just what is left is to drop it on USA

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:06 at 17:06

        They have 0000000 and could not drop anything on anyone.

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 18:27 at 18:27

          They bought nukes when the Soviet empire fell.

          • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:12 at 20:12

            Indeed, why spend all that effort on ballistic missile delivery when you haven’t got five Ukrainian nukes? After all, how many do you need? All those trolls calling for ‘the harsh prophesy concerning Damascus’ must surely sympathise. So sad…

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:23 at 16:23

      Israelis live in a glass house and keep throwing rocks at everyone. Dimona won’t last a week if they attack Iran.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:09 at 17:09

        That might be true – a lucky shot – BUT have you ANY idea of what happens next? Take a wild guess.

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:14 at 20:14

          you blow yourselves right up?

        • Jun 8, 2018 @ 3:56 at 3:56

          Someone once said israel was a one bomb country and they didn’t mean conventional bomb

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:52 at 17:52

        Ali…”Israelis live in a glass house and keep throwing rocks at everyone. Dimona won’t last a week if they attack Iran.”

        Just the opposite, the Israeli’s know how to help Neighbors that live in Glass Houses as well as to remove the Houses of Enemies bent on Hate and Destruction. Israel prospers Today while the Former Arab Nations that opposed and once attacked them now are in chaos. The Smart Arab Neighbors see the Benefits and Share in the Rebuilding of the Region with Israel together now. This is the trend that has been happening and it will continue as Iran keeps wasting its own resources to export chaos but now they know it is coming back on them. A New Persia Renaissance will replace an Old Iran Regime built on Hate and they can’t change their Fate now. It is ironic but their pursuit of Nukes have made them Radioactive as Social Outcasts as seeking the Destruction of Others is coming back only upon them. They Billionaire Ayatollahs Regime cannot be trusted to Renegotiate and they can’t change their Hate that keeps them in Power, so they have sealed their own Fate!

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 21:02 at 21:02

          Pure Fantasy, iran was successfully mange the syrian war, israel air raids to syria and iran attack on golan will not change that fact about syria
          Dropping iran out of syria will need a ground assault, which put a serious question in front of trump gov and israel: they want to prevent iran from reaching nuclear weapons and attack iran? Or they want to drop out iranians from syria and Garantie israel saftey and attack syria?

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:25 at 17:25

      No need right now there is a Line of Successive Countermeasures that has been quietly taken that deals with the real problem which is Regime Removal and New Leadership after a time of chaos will change Iran into a New Persia and Good Neighbor Contributor to the Middle East and Globally. The Ayatollahs have brought upon their own demise.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 9:44 at 9:44

    Clock is ticking for the iranian fegits…

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 10:31 at 10:31

    Great. Looks like iran has volunteered as test ground for the MOABs and other sexy stuff. Which facility will be bunker busted first? Maybe all at once? Will there be an earthquake?

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 10:50 at 10:50

      The MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS should do it

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:47 at 16:47

        You are not allowed to bomb us! Out ayatollah is very much against this.

        Beware Kuwait and Ethiopia very great Islamic brother counties of us are in Security Council.

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:41 at 11:41

      and if that doesn’t work, you can always gather around the hostages and squawk.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 10:54 at 10:54

    im still seeing all talk…. i want to see action… i want to see iran nuclear faciltiies blown to pieces asap

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:06 at 11:06

    Either the Iranian establishment will learn how to live with the nations of the world or it will be destroyed by few nations of the world.

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:39 at 11:39

      I believe, it is much easier for irn to destroy israel as vice versa

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 12:24 at 12:24

        abbas that is because you are a krak smokin dumb ass pally dawg

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 14:19 at 14:19

        Hey abbas – Thankfully, what YOU believe is irrelevant (and misguided). The ONLY thing the Iranian military has going for it….is the number of soldiers willing to die for it.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:37 at 16:37

        Perhaps Israel should drop a MOAB on Ramallah in addition to all of those air strikes on Iranian facilities in Syria! It will be fun to watch and listen to the Abbasshole go BOOM!

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:12 at 17:12

        Yes, you being a very simple person would arrive at that conclusion. Given that iran cannot even fly a drone into Israel.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 18:15 at 18:15

        I respectfully Disagree with Abbas without offending him…..The Same G-D that is Allah is Jehovah and neither will allow Israel nor Iran to be destroyed, both will change Men and Women of Goodwill as Abraham taught all of Mankind…..turning Strangers Into Friends and treating them as Families will save and bring prosperity together. Hallelujah, Amen and Inshallah!

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 18:09 at 18:09

      I believe in what alon is saying….”Either the Iranian establishment will learn how to live with the nations of the world or it will be destroyed by few nations of the world.”

      The world is in unison of coming together more than seeking self destruction. Nations that sought chaos have come to bring chaos upon themselves. The Iranian Regime is on borrowed time because it is built on Hate of Others and cannot adapt nor prevail and will be chaotic going into the night in cold caves and their Nuclear Facilities unbeknownst to them have been built as their chosen Tombs. What a waste of Persian Resources, Ingenuity, and Lost of King Cyrus Wise Worldwide Cooperation of Mutual Cultural Respect that brought Global Wonders and Riches for all People. The New Persia will be a Contributor to Global Building not this Iranian Ayatollah’s Global Deconstruction.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:11 at 11:11

    I rate Bibi Natanyahu, a careful fox of a statesman, however, He might think about some tuition from Sec Pompeo on backbone posture

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 15:27 at 15:27

      Do not agree ; Pompeo is an idiot , while Bibi is dislocated slightly . The difference the 1st would be hospitalized in insane asylum from the heat in Israel , the 2nd would be hospitalized in Europe or Jail, since he does not know in what or where he is . Illusion of being –bot marked minus minus.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:15 at 17:15

        You disagree with reality. And nobody cares.

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 18:33 at 18:33

        Norbus and Solomeo above have a right to judge and point out what they see in flaws in Pompeo and Bibbi, but I accept flaws in everyone since perfection is hard goal to achieve and ……Perhaps one should think another way? Bibi and Pompeo do not seek the Destruction of Iran nor want to harm the Iranian People. Both Pompeo and Bibi are seeking Iranian Leadership Mutual Cooperation to defend Israel, American Interests, and the Middle East. The only one that preaching, teaching, and hating seeking and saying they will destroy Israel and all of Judaism and Death to America is the Ayatollah and his Minions of Hate. They and only they are the ones that must change or bring their Hate of Fate upon them, Pompeo and Bibi can change, forgive, and work on their flaws and are willing to compromise for the benefit of all, but the one obtuse, obstinate, and obstacle is the Ayatollah and he is just plain wrong calling for Death and Destruction.

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:23 at 20:23

          Translation: ‘I am an idolator, follow me, I’ll be right behind you.”

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:15 at 11:15

    very impressive the warinig
    the iranian are very very very scared

    the tweets are very dangerous.

    since 20-30 years , allwas the same
    the iranian donot fear harsch rhetoric, the US Paoer tiger armee and all those hollow threat

    the american brohen an international treaty
    now Iranian is going to develop the nukes and nobody and blame it on Trump

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 12:26 at 12:26

      abbas. You know why iran did not reply to israeli attack on its bases in syria?
      it was because Israel blew them all up in one night and all the iranians were dead or wounded

      Iran is about to get smoked like ganja

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 12:49 at 12:49

        isreael attack an syria is one thing, attack on iran is another thing
        attack an iran bases in syria changed nothing
        attack on Gaza chsnged no thing

        attack on Iran for israel is technicaly not pssible or very difficult

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 14:10 at 14:10

          Much truth in your post, but it doesn’t likely capture the full story.

          You can argue that some of what is happening in Syria is a warning to North Korea showing how the USA hardware can dismantle what the Iranians considered to be a robust presence in Syria.

          The destruction of much of the Iranian assets in Syria is also likely intended for the Iranian people to notice. This is occurring with little current response from the Iranian regime which suggests a form of weakness for the regime. This adds at least a little to the instability of the Iranian regime.

          If/when the USA attacks Iran and the population is hearing and seeing the explosions this will also cause further disaffection for the current Iranian regime for a variety of reasons. The regime will appear to be weaker than they have portrayed themselves as being. The USA may actually attack the regime’s infrastructure for controlling the population and seriously weaken it. The Iranian people will be seeing the destruction of hugely expensive stuff which they were not sure was needed in the first place – and when you consider that the Iranian people already have some awareness of how the Ayatollahs have enriched themselves at the expense of their subjects?

          A series of USA attacks inside Iran could (I’m not saying WILL) result in the fall of the current regime.

          The Ayatollahs are caught in the unpleasant situation where the re-imposition of USA sanctions will be economically painful and their ability to raise more revenue by exporting more oil may be hampered by the existence of excess capacity in Saudi Arabia and other OPEC nations (who are not friends of Iran and may undercut them). The economic difficulties are likely to further exacerbate the opposition.

          To make it all worse, the Israelis stole/captured/removed their nuclear program archives. That likely means we have better targeting information and will be able to develop more. It also may be that this was their only archive which would mean that some of the Iranian know-how is now in Israel. . . Big blow to the regime’s reputation as well to have the Israelis capture those archives from under their noses.

          It is not clear how difficult it would be for Israel to attack Iran. There is at least a passing reference to a recent Israeli F-35 fly-over of Iranian sensitive site(s). This would be a sign that Israel has the technical ability and the range to hit Iranian targets from the air.

          But that isn’t necessarily the key. . . Note that the story was that the USA Secretary of State said that the USA won’t allow the Iranians to have a nuclear weapon.

          • Jun 7, 2018 @ 14:24 at 14:24

            Well said ‘Has Been’.
            I agree, good points.

          • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:37 at 16:37

            you guys bomb Iran and the population will unite like you have never seem. Saddam learned the hard way.

        • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:47 at 16:47

          Bombing Tehran may be difficult, but not impossible. Israel worked out the tactics a few years ago, but due to political considerations, particularly relations with the U.S. O’Blunder Administration, did not follow through. If the Fagotollah wants to ride the nuclear fireball to Paradise, where he will commune with the “Hidden Imam,” Israel will likely accommodate him. The real tragedy will be that many innocent Iranian victims protesting the Islamo-Fascist Regime in the streets will go with him to Paradise as well!

          • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:42 at 20:42

            Yeah, kill all the people. Great military tactics.

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:02 at 16:02

      The Jews are beating the war drums, but Obama said the same thing, Bibi baby

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 17:21 at 17:21

      Yes, iran, this, iran that…iran cannot do anything. they are just terrorists, they cannot fight, their military is pox. so far they have been very very disappointing and very weak – no retaliation, no fight, nothing – just blah, blah, blah…while Israel blows up another installation or ammo dump nearly everyday now. Even the fakestinians show more courage.

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 18:52 at 18:52

      Disagree with Abbas, so far only Former Billionaire Leaders of Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Afghanistan, as well as a number of others have turned out to be Proven Paper Tigers and are not in positions of Leadership anymore. While Leadership in America, Israel, and other nations come and go and change is always the one constant. Iranian Leadership has threaten the World and that is only upon them to change within themselves and the blame rest with only them. Time to Change and Harsh Rhetoric is just a Warning while Death to Israel and America is a Direct Threat in developing Nukes. This is a major difference and why some Leaders that were in Power for over 30 years are not around anymore?

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:28 at 11:28

    When does the bombing start?

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 11:38 at 11:38

    Blow yourselves up?

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:16 at 16:16


      No, no, no, we will not only blow up ourselves, we strong and much resolve, a lot!

      You Americans better give up pay 1 trillion $ tax for insulting and bad warning language and pass all your big cities under Iranian Guards control!

      Also must renounce fake religions a fine ayatollah is to be appointed over all Amerika.

      If not our missiles will rain we are destroyed bad!

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 19:10 at 19:10

        Mahmud, your loud barking is just proof you live in fear and know you lack the bites to prevail, one may get 1 or 2 or 3 bites in, but in the end, hands and long arms can grab the head, stop the jaws, and remove the barking dog without killing them, just puts them in cave or cage and then the Barking Dog realizes his Barking is no longer important and decides to go asleep. Iran is more isolated today than ever and a Dog Whistle has been blown as a Warning and more Barking won’t stop what will happen next if the Dog chooses to remain a threat with fear, when a gentle pet can change him and his home forever without fear anymore. Iran was once a Beacon of Light to the World and it will be again, but not under the current Leadership that has weaken Iran even more since 1979. The World is Whistling Back at the Barking Dog now, and at you as well. No one is in fear of Iran’s Barking anymore the Whistle Warning is the Prelude that will Prevail!

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 12:47 at 12:47

    Dear Iranian friends,

    Why are you defying everyone?
    This is a dead end, please do not commit suicide!

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 16:57 at 16:57

      Suicide is on Israel and Amerika very clear they do not have ayatollah to bless the troops tanks planes and guns!

      How to win with no blessing? Only with bad tomahawk and F-35?

      • Jun 7, 2018 @ 21:08 at 21:08

        hey mudmah,
        America doesn’t need a Ayatollah to guide us. We All 80% Christians have the living God residing inside us, guiding us, speaking to us everyday. He is God and not allah and we KNOW him. We do not ask to be world leader, he made us to reflect his power. In the END when He returns we will be with him as our lives are in Him and His life is in us. You cannot win against a living God. Just him alone will smash those who reject him. Israel is descended from Izzac he is the chosen. Ishmael has already been rejected. Ah but his descendants could also find relationship with the living God by accepting his forgiveness. Forgiveness is been bought and paid for by God Himself for the whole world, except those who reject Him are not included. Being under the thumb of the prince of Persia does not disqualify you. Not knowing you are under the thumb of a demon might. Not knowing might get you what you deserve but believing in God’s Son you won’t get what you do deserve. Jews and Christians not better just chosen it is God who chooses.

        • Jun 8, 2018 @ 4:21 at 4:21

          The US is not 80% Christian Would you please attend a Bible study with some extended teaching

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 14:58 at 14:58

    As a youngster, . . . reading about Persia, Damascus, Beirut, Jerusalem, . . . always wanted to visit those places.

    As soon as Persia becomes a nuclear waste land, . . . there will be only one place standing intact, . . . Jerusalem.

    It’s funny that thousands of years ago, . . . Bible prophets told us that would happen.

    May God bless,

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 15:49 at 15:49

    Only dummies listen to the Evil Ayatollahs regime lies. Only decisive action: military Attacks, now, will improve an already bad situation.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:21 at 20:21

    One could trust an Atomic Islam as much as an enraged cannibal, but only after he has finished feasting off of you before to get hungry again.
    However, an atomic ayatollah is such a scary idea, even the Danger will run like crazy and the Crazy will feel in real danger.

    • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:46 at 20:46

      yeah, daily you bomb Damascus and you feasted on the souls of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. we will see your shame.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:36 at 20:36

    The u.s. Said the same thing to north korea right before they rolled out all their weapons.

  • Jun 7, 2018 @ 20:43 at 20:43

    When Obama said it you didn’t believe him. When Pompeo says it you think the US is about to start bombing. Wishful thinking on Israel’s part. Also, why is okay for Israel to meddle in US elections and not Russia?

  • Jun 17, 2018 @ 19:41 at 19:41

    Israel is always condemned to lose! when he walks away from the otopur and then wins.

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