According to Swedish, German, and Dutch reports, Iran is still pursuing nuclear weapons. This comes as the Biden administration and many NATO allies are intent on restarting the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as it is formally called.

Former President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. At the time, most of Europe criticized Washington, stating that the deal was the best way to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. 

In late January 2018, Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency broke into a warehouse where Iran was storing its nuclear files after signing the JCPOA in 2015. The files clearly showed that the Iranians were intent on building nuclear weapons

American Allies Point to Iran as a Threat

Säpo, the Swedish Security Police published its annual report last Friday. It named Iran among the greatest threats alongside Russia and China. It also specified “recruitment attempts and attempts to influence researchers in Sweden.” This, according to the report, is done to “strengthen the country’s economic and political status and military power.”

“Iran also conducts industrial espionage, which is mainly targeted against the Swedish hi-tech industry and Swedish products, which can be used in nuclear weapons programs. Iran is investing heavy resources in this area and some of the resources are used in Sweden,” the report added.

The Iranian nuclear facility of Natanz was damaged by fire after it began enriching uranium over the amount allowed by the JCPOA.

The German report, which was released on Friday, stated that Iran was using proxies from Syria, North Korea, and Pakistan to try to obtain and transport material for nuclear weapons or weapons of mass destruction (WMD), via third countries. “Weapons of mass destruction continued to be an instrument of power politics that can shake the stability of an entire state structure in both regional and international crisis situations.”

“In particular, states such as Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, and Syria tried to acquire and distribute such weapons as part of the proliferation, for example, by concealing the transport routes via third countries. The aim of such intelligence measures was to circumvent control mechanisms over third countries that are not subject to special embargo regulations,” the report says.

In 2020, German state intelligence agencies had declared that Iran’s regime continues to seek technology and material to build weapons of mass destruction.