Jerusalem stammers, Washington deaf to Iran's race for nuke; Could Iran Have Nukes in 60 Days?
No sooner had the U.S. administration of Barack Obama announced Wednesday that it will be taking part in talks with the Islamic Republic of Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany, to discuss Iran's nuclear program, the very next day the Iranians announced they had reached the hallmark point of running 7,000 centrifuges, an important stepping stone on the way to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power.
Having crossed that hurdle, and with centrifuges churning away around the clock to upgrade uranium, which could relatively quickly be turned into weapons-grade uranium, one U.S. expert in nuclear energy and weaponry estimates Iran could have a working bomb within 50 to 60 days.
The word to underline here is "could." ME Times
This possibility is all to clear. Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center (NPEC), told the Middle East Times "Iran could have a nuclear bomb as early as 50 to 60 days from now and as late as one year away." ME Times
What many don't realize, Iran is spinning out non-weapons grade uranium, which is what the IAEA is seeing, and stockpiling it for future use. It is estimated that the non-weapons grade uranium they are producing can be transformed into weapons-grade uranium in as little as 2-3 months.
"All this is another way of saying if you want a sound policy with Iran you have to assume they have a bomb," added Sokolski. "This is something you can't discount." ME Times
Based on the amount of low-enriched uranium Iran has stockpiled, and the amount it is believed to be producing each month, the Wisconsin Project estimates that by December 2008, Iran had accumulated enough U-235 to fuel one bomb quickly. "Quickly," in this context, means two to three months; about the time it would take Iran to raise the level of U-235 in its uranium stockpile from 3.5 percent to over 90 percent. ME Times
According to the ME Times article, Iran President Ahmadinejad said that Iran was 'ready to cooperate' "toward nuclear disarmament as long as those efforts did not create obstacles." ME Times But he also stated that they had gone to far to turn back.
Here is a statement found in the article that I found to be most troubling that sums up who the world is about ready to allow to become a nuclear power:
However, no one knows for sure if the Iranians have a device needed to deliver that bomb. Jennifer Lazlo-Mizrahi from The Israel Project told the Middle East Times, "We don't know what we don't know."
And although it would be suicidal for Iran to deploy nuclear weapons given that the retaliation would be immediate and ruthless, Lazlo-Mizrahi says "when people who dream of martyrdom and send 12-year-olds to clear mine fields [as the Iranians did during the Iraq-Iran war], you simply have to conclude that these people don't think like the rest of us." ME Times
I don't see Iran ever turning away from their nuclear ambitions and their eventual goal of destroying Israel. They may agree to only produce non-weapons grade uranium, but you can bet they will have the materials on hand to quickly transform and build nuclear weapons when they believe the time is right.
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