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Almost There – Iran’s Nuclear Ambition Fulfilled

John on February 20, 2009 at 8:45 am

That’s according to this report in the Financial Times:

Iran has built up a stockpile of enough enriched uranium for one nuclear bomb, United Nations officials acknowledged on Thursday.

In a development that comes as the Obama administration is drawing up its policy on negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear programme, UN officials said Iran had produced more nuclear material than previously thought.

They said Iran had accumulated more than one tonne of low enriched uranium hexafluoride at a facility in Natanz.

If such a quantity were further enriched it could produce more than 20kg of fissile material – enough for a bomb.

“It appears that Iran has walked right up to the threshold of having enough low enriched uranium to provide enough raw material for a single bomb,” said Peter Zimmerman, a former chief scientist of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

The new figures come in a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, released on Thursday. This revealed that Iran’s production of low enriched uranium had previously been underestimated.

Low enriched uranium requires one additional step to be made into fissile material for a bomb. This step requires additional equipment, however the process itself could be done in a matter of a few months. Read the rest of the article for the priceless UN idiot saying that “usually” countries wait until they have enough uranium to make several bombs before proceeding to the next step. So that’s our hope now, that Iran wants more than one bomb. Awesome!

NIcely done Mr. ElBaradei. Can we get that peace prize back now?

[HT: Gateway Pundit]

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