Iran One Year Away From Building Nuclear Bomb

August 3, 2009

(ChattahBox)—According to the London TimesOnline, Iran is fully capable of producing a nuclear warhead and is waiting on orders from the Supreme Leader to begin production. The Times said “Western intelligence sources” told the paper that once the Islamic regime receives the nod, it would have a complete nuclear bomb built within one year.

Although the sources say Iran ended its nuclear weapons research in 2003, supposedly from a perceived threat of a U.S. invasion of Iran, it’s now believed they ended the research because its mission was complete. The regime’s mission was to develop a nuclear warhead that could be detonated and on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.

Once the Supreme Leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei gives the orders, Iran would become a nuclear-armed nation within one year. Sources say it would take about six months to enrich enough uranium, depending on how many centrifuges are operating, and another six months to build the nuclear device.

Sources say Iran has been working on a type of bomb known, as a multipoint initiation system, which works by enclosing highly enriched uranium in high explosives for easy detonation. The multipoint system works by covering the surface of the warhead with holes filled with explosives, ensuring an explosion that quickly reaches critical density.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency have monitored the amount of fissile material produced at the main Natanz nuclear plant, but the agency has no clear picture on the number of centrifuges the country has. Additional centrifuges could have been built at secret desert locations, sources say.

Intelligence sources say the Islamic country has been covertly operating a nuclear research department for years, alongside its conventional nuclear program, used to generate electricity.

Meanwhile Israel, is not ruling out a military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities. And the United States issued an ultimatum to Iran, to enter into talks with the U.S. over its nuclear development, or risk heavy international sanctions.  And perhaps just in case the Pentagon is trying to accelerate the deployment of a new 30,000-pound “bunker-buster” bomb that is six times larger than its predecessor, by three years.

With the recent unrest in Iran, after a bloody government crackdown on protesters of the fraudulent presidential election, and the country’s increasing anti-Western rhetoric, the U.S. does not expect Iran to engage in talks.


Comments

One Response to “Iran One Year Away From Building Nuclear Bomb”

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 3rd, 2009 4:19 pm

    That bunker-buster would also work on a missile that is ready to be launched or has just been launched – not to mention taking out the entire launch complex, including the personnel in the bunkers.

    Hardware is cheap; replacing trained personnel is expensive and time-consuming.

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