Monday, October 28, 2013

Iran Two-Weeks From Enough Fuel to Produce Nuclear Weapon

The Times of Israel reports that former IAEC deputy director Olli Heinonen has said that Iran could be at a point where they can produce enough enriched uranium within two weeks to construct a nuclear weapon. 

In his assessment, which appears to concur with that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a critical level is reached when the Iranians have enriched enough uranium to weapons grade, in the form of hexafluoride gas enrichment, to create a nuclear bomb. 
“But you still don’t have a nuclear weapon,” Heinonen added. Preparing the highly enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb would take another month or two, “assuming that someone has all the knowledge.” After that, assembling an actual nuclear weapon that can be delivered with a ballistic missile would take perhaps another year, he said. 
Iran continues to install hundreds of new advanced centrifuges every month, drastically reducing the so-called breakout time it would require in order to produce weapons-grade uranium if it decided to do so, he said.

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