Wednesday, 8 September 2010
Iran has enough enriched uranium to build nuclear bomb
According to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Iran has sufficient quantities of enriched uranium to produce up to three nuclear devices, and is still continuing its enrichment process. According to the report, Iran has around 2.8 tonnes of low enriched uranium and 22kg of 20 per cent enriched uranium.
Iran's supply of uranium is being closely supervised by the IAEA, and cannot be utilised for military purposes, however Iran's consistent rejection of the IAEA decisions and prevention of official inspections of nuclear sites causes concerns that Iran is following its predetermined decision aimed at building nuclear weapons.
The IAEA report encourages Iran to “co-operate in clarifying outstanding issues” regarding its nuclear facilities and to suspend its uranium enrichment operations, despite Tehran's protestations that its nuclear programme is aimed at the peaceful generation of civilian energy. According to industry experts if Iran continues to progress technologically at this pace, it will acquire military nuclear capability by 2014.
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