Errors Leading to the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

Indian Point

Photo(Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News) Independent pipeline study needed
Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.comPublished 6:00 a.m. ET Jan. 21, 2015
Riverkeeper has joined calls for an independent study to assess the risk to the Indian Point nuclear power plant from the Algonquin pipeline expansion.In a Jan. 16 letter the Ossining-based environmental group said a safety evaluation prepared by Entergy, the company that operates Indian Point, didn’t adequately account for the effects of a natural gas pipeline rupture. The Algonquin pipeline runs through the power plant’s Buchanan property and it would lie more than 1,600 feet from the power plant structures.Riverkeeper’s letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission echoed an assessment made by Accufacts, a public records research company that called Entergy’s analysis “seriously incomplete, even dismissive.”On Tuesday Entergy defended its safety study.“Entergy places plant and community safety first and foremost and is required by federal regulation to analyze new potential safety impacts, such as potential impacts of the proposed AIM pipeline project,” Entergy spokesman Jerry Nappi wrote in an email. “Entergy engineers spent hundreds of hours analyzing data provided by Spectra Energy and concluded the project, if built, would pose no increased risks to safety at the plant. Experts at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission conducted their own independent analysis and reached the same conclusion. Entergy takes no position on the pipeline project itself.”Spectra Energy needs New York and federal permits to expand a pipeline that runs through Putnam, Rockland and Westchester counties. More than 15 miles of the pipeline would be dug up in New York.The state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold public hearings this week on the pipeline expansion.The Jan. 21 meeting at 6 p.m. will be held in the auditorium of the Henry H. Wells Middle School, 570 Route 312, Brewster. The 6 p.m. hearing on Jan. 22 at the Stony Point Community Center, 5 Clubhouse Lane, Stony Point.Twitter: @ErnieJourno

The winds of God‘s wrath delivers Louisiana another blow: Jeremiah 23

Hurricane Delta delivers Louisiana another blow as residents say they’re ‘numb’ after latest storm

Delta roared over Lake Charles, which was still recovering from Hurricane Laura

Travis Fedschun

Six weeks after Hurricane Laura blasted throughout southwest Louisiana, residents are spending the weekend cleaning up new damage after Hurricane Delta roared into the storm-battered region.

The storm made landfall Friday night near the coastal town of Creole as a Category 2 hurricane with winds of 100 mph, just 13 miles east of where Laura barreled inland in late August as a Category 4 storm.

At a news conference on Saturday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said the storm dumped more than 15 inches of rain on Lake Charles over two days and more than 10 inches in Baton Rouge, with flooding being the biggest impact from this latest storm.

TROPICAL STORM DELTA DEPARTS LOUISIANA, LEAVES FRESH DESTRUCTION IN ITS WAKE

Delta also had a “much larger” wind field than Laura, which knocked out power to more than 600,000 customers, roughly 25% of all power customers in the entire state, according to Edwards.

Houses surrounded by flood waters are seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Welsh, La.

The governor said a peak of 638,000 customers without power was reported, which has since dropped to around 358,000 as of Sunday morning, according to power-outage tracking website poweroutage.us.

“So restoration appears to be happening more rapidly than was the case after Laura, and that’s because the damage to the infrastructure is not as significant. But that’s still an awful lot of power outages,” the governor said.

Tavita Carrier and her sister, Vancella Sennett, walk past Hurricane Laura debris piled up and down their street in Lake Charles, La., the morning after Hurricane Delta on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. (Chris Granger/The Advocate via AP)

No deaths had been reported by Saturday evening, but Laura was a reminder that a hurricane’s wake can be treacherous. Seven of the 32 deaths attributed to Laura came the day that hurricane struck.

A devastated trailer park is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Many others were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, and 10,000 utility workers were dispatched Saturday to get power restored to thousands of customers.

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Delta roared over the Lake Charles region after landfall, where Laura had damaged nearly every home and business in late August. Many of the structures had blue tarps to conceal roof damage.

Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Earnestine and Milton Wesley told the Associated Press they decided to ride out the storm in their damaged home but found themselves spending Friday night holding onto their tarp tight as water poured in.

“We fought all night long trying to keep things intact,” Milton said Saturday. “And with God’s help, we made it.”

Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter said Saturday he estimated that hundreds of damaged homes across the city took on water from Delta’s heavy rains.

“Add Laura and Delta together and it’s just absolutely unprecedented and catastrophic,” Hunter said. “We are very concerned that with everything going in the country right now that this incident may not be on the radar nationally like it should be.”

A flooded recreational area is seen in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Piles of unsecured debris from Laura were also tossed around in the storm’s gusty winds and pushed away in floodwaters.

DELTA NOW A TROPICAL STORM; NEARLY 500K LOUISIANA HOMES LOSE POWER

Some people who had already done drywall repair or replacement after Laura are finding themselves having to start over again after their work got drenched by Delta’s heavy rains.

Lake Charles resident Katie Prejean McGrady had only just returned last week to her home with her family, which had lost part of their roof, fence, and swing set in Laura. Her family then had to evacuate when Delta took aim at the region.

“I’m taxed out. And I think that’s most people in town,” she told the AP. “There’s a mental exhaustion that sets in and then there’s a fear of ‘Does anybody outside this region care?’”

Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Lake Arthur, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool) (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

In the town of Jennings, residents said they had just finished cleaning downed tree limbs and power lines from Laura. Now Delta left behind another path of damage.

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“We’re numb, we’re really numb,” Ralph LeBlanc told The New Orleans Advocate. “This town was all cleaned up, we just got it cleaned up last week. Of course, we’re without electricity, but we’re just about used to that.”

Water surrounds houses with tarps in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Iowa, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

Edwards said Delta disrupted state efforts to set up temporary housing in southwest Louisiana to bring back Laura evacuees scattered across hotels.

Blue tarps cover houses in the aftermath of Hurricane Delta, Saturday Oct. 10, 2020, in Lake Charles, La. (Bill Feig/The Advocate via AP, Pool)

More than 9,400 people were being sheltered by the state Saturday, but only 935 were Delta evacuees, Edwards said. The others were still displaced by Laura.

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The remnants of Delta are now pushing across the Southeast, bringing heavy rains across the region. Forecasters said that 3 to 6 inches of rain is possible in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia on Sunday.

Forecasters add that a few brief tornadoes are possible in the Carolinas on Sunday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Babylon the Great imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran

US imposes draconian new sanctions against Iran amid spiraling COVID-19 pandemic

9 October 2020

The Trump administration Thursday imposed a draconian new round of economic sanctions against Iran aimed at destroying the country’s economy and forcing through Washington’s policy of regime change by means of the starvation and deprivation of the Iranian population.

Announced by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the sanctions target 18 Iranian banks with secondary sanctions, effectively cutting Iran off from the world financial markets. Mnuchin declared that the action “reflects our commitment to stop illicit access to US dollars,” adding that it would “continue to allow for humanitarian transactions to support the Iranian people.”

Tehran, capital of Iran (Photo: wikipedia.org)

This last assertion is a blatant lie. The 18 banks were the last ones not to be slapped with secondary sanctions, which subject any financial institution daring to do business with them to being barred from US markets. The effect is to blacklist the entire Iranian financial sector, crippling the country’s ability to purchase desperately needed food, medicine and medical supplies under conditions in which the COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging the country. The US action makes it virtually impossible for Iran to gain access to tens of billions of dollars in state assets held in overseas banks.

US authorities made no attempt to implicate the banks in any supposedly illicit activities—financing “terrorism,” purchasing arms or involvement in Iran’s nuclear program. Instead, 16 were charged with the “crime” of “operating in Iran’s financial sector,” one was accused of being controlled by a previously sanctioned bank and another with being “military-affiliated.”

The “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign launched by the Trump administration after it unilaterally repudiated the 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and the great powers two years ago had already crippled much of Iran’s economy, largely preventing it from selling oil, the country’s economic lifeblood. In the 12 months ending in March 2020, Iranian oil sales stood at little more than $20 billion, down from $120 billion in 2011.

Last month, in an act of unbridled arrogance, Washington invoked the “snapback” provisions of the 2015 nuclear accord that the US had itself abrogated, demanding that the United Nations re-impose sanctions that it had lifted in return for Tehran accepting strict limitations on its civilian nuclear program. All four of the other permanent members of the UN Security Council, which are signatories to the deal, rejected Washington’s demand.

The US has particularly demanded the maintenance of a ban on the export of conventional weapons to Iran, which is set to expire on October 18 under the terms of the nuclear deal. While both Russia and China have indicated interest in arms sales to Iran, Washington has vowed to unilaterally enforce the ban, raising the prospect of a confrontation between the world’s major nuclear powers.

Iranian authorities have denounced the new sweeping sanctions against the country’s financial sector. Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted that the “U.S. regime wants to blow up our remaining channels to pay for food & medicine. Iranians WILL survive this latest of cruelties. But conspiring to starve a population is a crime against humanity.”

Speaking before United Nations General Assembly session on counterterrorism Thursday night, Iran’s UN ambassador, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, accused Washington of “state terrorism and economic and medical terrorism.”

“The policy of maximum pressure by the US on Iran is designed to deliberately and indiscriminately target innocent civilians with the aim of creating suffering and hardship, as well as stoking social unrest in accordance with the flawed policy of regime change,” Takht-Ravanchi said.

The new sanctions have hit precisely at a point in which Iran is confronting a devastating resurgence of COVID-19, being referred to by medical authorities as a “third wave” of the pandemic. Within the last few days, the country has seen record numbers of new cases and daily deaths. On October 9, Iran’s Health Ministry confirmed 4,142 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to nearly half a million. Over the previous 24 hours, 210 COVID-19 patients had died, bringing the country’s total death toll to 28,098. Over the past week, at least 1,500 have died.

The sharp increase in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed Iran’s hospitals, particularly in the capital of Tehran and its suburbs, which have been hardest hit by the pandemic. The doctor who heads the infectious diseases department at Tehran’s Masih Daneshvari Hospital told the state-run news agency IRINN: “Due to the unavailability of beds in intensive care units and even in emergency units, ambulances go from one hospital to another to have patients admitted. Newly-arriving coronavirus patients have to wait for beds to become free.”

The Iranian Armed Forces have announced that they are making all of their medical facilities available to treat COVID-19 patients, while civilian hospitals have ceased all non-emergency functions to make room for those who have fallen ill with the deadly virus.

Schools, which the government recklessly reopened last month, have been closed in Tehran and some other cities, as have mosques, shops, restaurants and other public venues. Initially announced as a one-week lockdown on October 3, the governor on Friday extended it for another week.

Even before the pandemic, the US sanctions regime had deprived the Iranian health care system of essential medicines and medical equipment, leading to many preventable deaths. With the pandemic, the sanctions are taking an ever-greater toll, amounting to a massive war crime against a civilian population.

The sweeping sanctions have sharply escalated tensions between the US and Iran, which are already facing off on a number of fronts. Washington has beefed up its military presence in the region, sending the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, together with the guided-missile cruisers USS Princeton and USS Philippine Sea and the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf last month. It marked the first such deployment of a carrier strike force in nearly a year.

Meanwhile, in Iraq, the Trump administration’s bully-boy Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has given an ultimatum to the newly installed prime minister, Mustafa al-Kadhimi, that if he fails to crack down on Iraqi Shi’a militias that are aligned with Iran, the US will shut down its embassy in Baghdad. US officials have made it clear that this would be the prelude to wide-ranging US airstrikes against militia positions. Organized in the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), these militias are part of the Iraqi armed forces, functioning as a kind of national guard. They played a predominant role in the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) after it seized control of a wide swath of Iraq in 2014.

Each of these actions, from the carrier deployment to the threats in Iraq and now the crippling new financial sanctions in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has the character of a calculated provocation, designed to escalate tensions. These tensions were already brought to the boiling point last January, with the US drone missile assassination of Lt. Gen. Qassem Suleimani, one of Iran’s most senior officials, after he arrived at Baghdad international airport for an official state visit.

Faced with a rapidly deteriorating political situation at home in the run-up to the November 3 election, there is an evident threat that the Trump administration will deliberately trigger a war with Iran as an “October Surprise,” an event designed to shock the electorate and create more favorable conditions for the execution of the extra-constitutional conspiracies that are being hatched in the White House.

Envoy Advises Trump to Avoid Threatening the Iran Nuclear Horn

Envoy Advises Trump to Avoid Threatening Iran – Politics news – Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency

In a post on his Twitter account, Seyed Abbas Mousavi said, “If I were Mr. Trump, I DID NOT threaten a peace-loving but warrior NATION, Iran, in my last days in 1600 Penn.”

It came after Trump earlier this week went on expletive-ridden rant while once again threatening Iran. 

Last month, the spokesperson for the Iranian administration dismissed falsified reports to which the US president has referred to threaten Iran with military action, cautioning Washington that any mistake would draw Iran’s appropriate response.

Iranian military and political officials have repeatedly warned the enemies about the dire consequences of a military action against the Islamic Republic.

In comments in April 2018, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said the US is aware of the crushing response it will have to face in case of taking military action against Iran.

The era of hit and run is now over, and the US knows that if it gets entangled in military action against Iran, it will receive much harsher blows, Ayatollah Khamenei underlined.

The US is seeking a way to evade the costs of standing against Iran and place them on regional countries, the Leader said, reminding certain regional countries that if they confront Iran, “they will definitely suffer blows and defeat”.

India’s nuclear triad: Revelation 8

India’s 5,000 Km Range Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile To Significantly Enhance Its 2nd Strike Capability

By EurAsian Times Desk

October 10, 2020

The completion of the successful deterrence patrol of the indigenous INS Arihant in November 2018 marked a new era for India’s nuclear defence capabilities. The development marked the completion of the establishment of India’s nuclear triad – the ability to launch a nuclear offensive from land, air and sea.

While the country already possessed the surface-launched ballistic missiles and fighter-bombers, the lack of an underwater nuclear offensive capability for long remained an Achilles’ heel for India.

However, the commissioning of the nuclear-capable INS Arihant was only the first step towards establishing a dominant position in all three domains. India will need the deployment of at least three SSBNs at a time to act as a credible deterrence against the enemy.

While the government has sanctioned six SSBNs, only one remains operational till date. And powered with a limited capacity of an 83-megawatt nuclear power plant, INS Arihant has a short refuelling cycle and, therefore, we cannot expect much from the submarine when it comes to speed and endurance.

INS Arighat, second SSBN to be deployed after Arihant, is expected to bolster such capabilities and carry a higher payload of weapons in its belly.

It’s stated that an SSBN is as good as its offensive capabilities. Since India arrived late in the arena of submarine nuclear offensive, it lacks effective and long-range SLBMs.

The K-family of SLBMs has made tremendous progress in recent years. Having developed and successfully tested K-15 and K-4 missiles, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is reportedly already working on developing the longer-range K-5 and K-6 SLBMs, slated to reach distances of more than 5000 and 6000 km, respectively.

While the country’s only SSBN Arihant is already armed with K-15 missiles, which have a range of 750 km, K-4 (3500 km) is yet to be deployed on the submarine.

According to reports, DRDO is making progress in the development of the K-5 missile, which India hopes to deploy on the future Arihant class of submarines. The missile is reportedly about to be tested in the next 15 months, which if successful will add to the long-sought capability for India – the ability to hit targets from longer distances.

The successful development of the K-5 missile will place India in the list of select few countries having such capability and take it closer to the goal of establishment of a credible nuclear triad.

The current SLBM deployed on INS Arihant, K-15, has a number of limitations, and won’t promise a reliable second response in the event of a war. Its limited range of 750 km means the submarine will have to be deployed close enough to the borders of a country it aims to target.

China, for example, is a vast country, and to be able to strike at the key strategic targets, the missile needs to have a longer range. Besides, operating at closer ranges increases the vulnerability of the submarine itself from enemy retaliatory strikes. Therefore, the addition of K-5 missiles in India’s nuclear arsenal is a dire necessity.

Both Pakistan and China are also reportedly bolstering their underwater nuclear offensive capabilities, with the latter helping the former with its arsenal fortification. Pakistan’s Babur-3 submarine-launched cruise missile is in advanced stages of development and will arm the country’s three Agosta 90B submarines.

While China is currently developing the second generation ballistic missile submarines, armed with JL-2 SLBMs. The country is in an advanced stage of developing the longer-range JL-3 SLBM. All the three regional nuclear-armed nations are increasingly focusing on a second strike capability, a domain which remained without activity until two decades ago.

All the three nations are rightly realising the importance of the undersea capabilities, especially nuclear assets, and their efficacy in ensuring a decisive advantage in the event of a war. While the undersea nuclear capabilities of Pakistan are still at a nascent stage, China has gained a decisive edge over India with over four operational SSBNs, with reports of two more having joined the fleet.

K-Family Of Missiles

India started the K-series of SLBMs to boost its undersea nuclear deterrence, and has since years been tremendously successful with the programme code-named ‘Black Project.’

The K-family of missiles have better and lighter rocket casings, advanced guidance systems ensuring accuracy and efficacy of missile strikes. The missiles are designed in a way to fly depressed trajectories enabling stealth entry into enemy territories.

DRDO claims the missiles are faster, lighter and stealthier. With a capacity to carry a 2-tonne payload (four multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle (MIRV) warheads of 500 kgs each), the K-5 SLBM has the capacity to hit higher than its usual range of 5000 km.

To build a formidable undersea nuclear capability, India will need to speed up its SLBM programme, especially the K-5 and K-6 missiles which have the capacity to hit targets further than 5000 km. And with more SSBNs joining the Indian Navy, India will need more firepower to add teeth to the fleet.

India has also been prioritising the nuclear-powered submarine programme, with over Rs one lakh crore sanctioned in 2015. The project involves building advanced nuclear submarines with long-range underwater patrol capacity, the design phase of which has reportedly witnessed significant progress.

However, the road for India to becoming a true blue water navy could hit roadblocks with a number of economic and political challenges for the BJP-led government on the horizon. The military modernisation requires the employment of colossal capital, and with India’s GDP recording unprecedented contraction there could be a lull in the funding for new projects.

The good news is the country has seen an unprecedented level of indigenisation in the defence sector in recent years. The domestic production could reduce costs and prevent further delays in the unfinished products. On the innovation front, the country’s premier defence research institute, DRDO, seems to be learning from its mistakes and delivering cutting-edge capabilities to the Indian armed forces in recent years.

Kashmir—a nuclear flash point: Revelation 8

Muhammad Zahid Rifat

October 11, 2020

Pakistan has quite emphatically reiterated that the government and the people are committed to standing by and supporting their Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their legitimate struggle for self-determination. The brave, courageous, determined and committed Kashmiri people will never submit to Indian forced occupation and oppression; their struggle is indigenous, they are indeed fighting for a just cause and laying down their lives generation after generation for more than seven decades to rid themselves of Indian occupation.

The reiteration of Pakistan’s continued moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris in their just struggle was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan in his virtual address to the UN General Assembly on September 25. Touching upon different aspects of the lingering unresolved Kashmir issue, the Pakistani leader quite rightly told the international body in plain words that there will be no durable peace and stability in South Asia until the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is resolved on the basis of international legitimacy and that Kashmir has been rightly described as a nuclear flashpoint.

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It is a bitter historical fact that for over 72 years, India has illegally and forcibly occupied the region against the wishes of the Kashmiri people and in blatant violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council and more so its own commitments to the people of the occupied and disputed territory.

Occupying Indian security forces continue to use brute force including pellet guns against peaceful protestors, imposing collective punishments including the destruction of entire neighbourhoods, committing extrajudicial murders of innocent young Kashmiris in fake encounters, refusing even to hand over their bodies to their families for burial and, the Kashmiri media and those daring to raise their voice are being systematically harassed and intimidated through the use of draconian laws.

PM Imran Khan urged the UN General Assembly to declare an “International Day to Combat Islamophobia”, build a coalition to fight this scourge which is splitting the humanity and the one country in the world where the state sponsors Islamophobia is India and the reason behind this is the RSS, which quite unfortunately, is ruling India today, believing and that India is exclusively for Hindus and others are not equal citizens.

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The Hindutva ideology, the UN General Assembly was told, is set to marginalise almost 300 million human beings including Muslims, Christians and Sikhs; this is unprecedented in history and does not augur well for the future of India itself, as the marginalisation of human beings leads to their radicalisation.

Having said this and much more, the Pakistani leader went on to call upon the Security Country that it must prevent a disastrous conflict and secure the implementation of its own resolutions, which India persistently disobeying and not letting the Kashmiris to exercise their right of self-determination to decide their future themselves, as it had done in the case of East Timor. The Security Council has dilated upon the situation in Jammu and Kashmir three times in the past year and it must also take appropriate enforcement actions.

Needless to mention here that Pakistan has always called for a peaceful solution to the lingering Kashmir issue. To this end, India must rescind the unilateral and brutal measures it has instituted since August 5,2019, end its military siege and other gross human rights violations and agree to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the people the occupied territory Jammu and Kashmir.

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India has all along been holding talks to resolve Kashmir dispute ensuring that no concrete offer is made or accepted and also been reluctant to what it says third party mediations to resolve the Kashmir issue. It is worth mentioning here that while saying no to all offers of mediation to resolve the lingering and burning Kashmir issue, India has more than twice in recent months requested Moscow for mediation over the Ladakh region between India and China and getting its military personnel released by the Chinese forces. What duplicity, indeed.

The address to the UN General Assembly by the Pakistani leader covered many domestic and international subjects including the pandemic of coronavirus and how Pakistan is fighting despite its limited resources and struggling national economy and ensuring that the resources less people are not let die for want of food.

This is not all. Other aspects of the Prime Minister of Pakistan’s address to the UN General Assembly will be dilated upon and discussed separately.

Iran deceives the IAEA boss

Iran short of ‘significant quantity’ of potential bomb material: IAEA boss

FILE PHOTO: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi delivers his speech at the opening of the IAEA General Conference at their headquarters in Vienna, Austria September 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

ZURICH (Reuters) – Iran does not at this stage have enough enriched uranium to make one nuclear bomb under the U.N. atomic watchdog’s official definition, the agency’s head told an Austrian paper.

“The Iranians continue to enrich uranium, and to a much higher degree than they have committed themselves to. And this amount is growing by the month,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi told Die Presse in an interview published on its website on Saturday.

Asked about how long Iran would need to build a nuclear weapon — the so-called “breakout time”, he said:

“In the IAEA we do not talk about breakout time. We look at the significant quantity, the minimum amount of enriched uranium or plutonium needed to make an atomic bomb. Iran does not have this significant quantity at the moment.”

Iran denies ever having had a nuclear weapons programme, saying its nuclear programme is purely for energy purposes.

The IAEA defines “significant quantity” as the approximate amount of nuclear material for which the possibility of manufacturing a nuclear explosive device cannot be excluded.

The most recent quarterly IAEA report on Iran last month said it had 2,105.4 kg of enriched uranium, far above the 202.8 kg limit in a 2015 deal with big powers but a fraction of the enriched uranium it had before the accord.

It is also enriching to up to 4.5% purity, far below the 20% it achieved before the deal and the 90% that is considered weapons-grade.

Reporting by Michael Shields; Editing by Frances Kerry