nuclear weapon

Iran factor

Tehran clearly sees itself as a strong regional force which, in collaboration with Moscow and Beijing, can take on the West both economically and, if required, militarily.

Iranian bomb

Arguably, Iran could reach a point like North Korea did nearly 20 years ago when, in its reckoning, its decision on possessing the ultimate weapon outweighs any further international sanctions.

A nuclear Iran

Iran is already enriching up to 60 per cent, which is far above a cap of 3.67 per cent under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.