The American magazine "National Interest" said that Iran really wants to become a nuclear power, so that it can confront the United States, and that it is not interested in any new agreement with the major powers.
The magazine warned, in a report on Friday, that achieving this goal would endanger the entire region and could lead to the collapse of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The magazine added: "Vienna's negotiations on Iran's nuclear program are finally underway, but the truth is that Tehran is making progress towards nuclear weapons and has little interest in achieving a diplomatic breakthrough, while the US is still hoping to make progress."
The magazine noted that in recent months Iran has stepped up its nuclear activities beyond the constraints of the agreement, increasing its stockpile of nuclear materials and its basic bomb-building infrastructure.
The danger also lies in the fact that the Iranians could seek to expand their "walk on the threshold" policy with further nuclear escalation, adding: "Although Tehran can continue to provoke further nuclear provocations, there is still much the United States can do on the sanctions front."
The magazine drew attention to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's recent statements, in which he harshly criticized the West, describing them as "enemies", as he condemned the United States' request for further negotiations even though it withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.
The magazine said that "Iran's ambitions to possess nuclear weapons would pose a serious danger to America's number one ally in the region, Israel, in addition to the Middle East as a whole, and possibly to the United States itself."
He added, "This would also mark the beginning of the collapse of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and all that that implies. It should be noted that Iran's nuclear ambitions are an integral part of a larger anti-American strategy."
According to the magazine, there are indications that President Joe Biden's administration wants to blame former US President Donald Trump for withdrawing from the nuclear deal provided Iran with an excuse to improve its nuclear weapons capabilities.
"If Iran's nuclear program continues to accelerate, the United States will have to take further steps to curb Iran's revenue-generating sectors."