Iran has enough uranium for bomb UN Now Admits

February 20, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The United Nation has reported that Iran has slowed down its uranium enrichment program but they neglected to underscore the fact that Teheran already has enough fissile material to produce an atomic bomb.

The new figures which shocked arms control experts, come in a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, released on Thursday. In the same report it’s been revealed samples taken from a Syrian site suspected of being a secretly built reactor bombed by Israel in 2007, have revealed new traces of processed uranium.

When the agency carried out an annual stocktaking of Natanz in mid-November Iran had produced 839kg of low enriched uranium hexafluoride – more than 200kg more than previously thought. Tehran produced an additional 171kg by the end of January.  If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb.

The development comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program. It also crosses a “red line” that for years Israel has said it would not accept. Meanwhile Binyamin Netanyahu, the hawkish Likud leader, is now set to be Israel’s next Prime Minister.

Iran’s success in reaching such a threshold would allow it to produce enough fissile material for a bomb in a matter of months. UN officials emphasize that to produce fissile material Iran would have to reconfigure its Natanz plant to produce high enriched uranium rather than low enriched uranium. They claim this is a highly visible step that would take months.  However while such sites have not been proven to exist, Iran has done a pretty good job of fooling the UN up to now.

A senior UN official who conceded that Iran now had enough enriched uranium for one bomb, added that countries usually waited until they had an enriched uranium stockpile sufficient for several bombs before proceeding to develop fissile material. Somehow that doesn’t make me feel better.


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