According to reports, the Islamic Republic of Iran began to enrich uranium by up to 20% in its Fordo underground facility on Monday, causing strong tension with both the United States and countries in the region, now on alert. 

The latest actions carried out by Iran put at risk the already tense relationship with the United States and the region’s countries. To the recent news about Iran’s enriched production of uranium, under suspicion they could use it for the development of nuclear weapons, one must add the words of leading Iranian officials during the last few days, who suggested that they would try to assassinate President Trump in revenge for Soleimani’s death.

Iran’s intention to enrich uranium to over 20% began a decade ago, and its announcement came close to provoking a war with Israel. The conflict only diminished with the nuclear agreement signed in 2015, through which Iran committed itself to reduce uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions against it. 

During 2020, despite the growing tension, especially after the assassination of the Iranian leader Soleimani, Iran declared that it would maintain its uranium wealth within the agreed-upon limit of 5%. The recent announcement of increasing enrichment to 20% increases international tensions, knowing that the percentage cited exceeds that permitted and is close to that necessary for weapons production.

The announcement came about the same time as reports emerged that Iran had seized MT Hankuk Chemi, a large South Korean oil tanker. The argument for the oil tanker’s seizure was an alleged spill at sea, which the South Korean company denied. Iran’s latest decisions have placed them in an even worse situation. They seem to be no longer interested in maintaining peace in the region or with their historic enemies.

President Trump has argued since the 2016 campaign that Iran was hiding some of its actions and failing international commitments. This is why the president withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal. The information that came out this week just proved him right. 

A series of videos with statements by Ebrahim Raisi, head of Iran’s judiciary, and General Esmail Qaani of the Iran Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), commander of the Qods Force, was posted online and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), an organization that tracks Islamic extremism, anti-Semitism and anti-American sentiment around the world. There you can see the direct threats made against President Trump.

Raisi specifically suggested that there will be an Iranian “harsh revenge,” which includes targeting the “president of the United States,” and said those involved “will not be safe anywhere in the world.”

“Americans should expect the harsh revenge,” Raisi said Jan. 1. “The armed forces of resistance will determine the place and time. The Islamic nation knows when and where this revenge will take place. The enemy must know that his life will be very difficult from now on. The resistance movement will make the life of the enemy very difficult, in revenge for the blood of the martyr Soleimani. One of the aspects of the hard revenge will be to expel the Americans from the region.”