WORLD NEWS TOMORROW – WASHINGTON – Iran could produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within four months, experts have told US politicians. The rate of Iran’s uranium enrichment has accelerated despite cyber sabotage from the Stuxnet virus in 2009, the experts said on Wednesday.
Based on the findings of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), “it’s clear that Iran could produce a nuclear weapon very quickly should it wish to do so”, said Stephen Rademaker of the Bipartisan Policy Centre in Washington.
Iran has produced 3345 kilograms of uranium enriched to 3.5 per cent, according to the agency. If this were enriched further it would provide enough uranium for at least two atomic bombs, Rademaker told an armed services committee.
If the Iran leadership decided to go forward, “it would take them 35 to 106 days to actually have the fissile material for a weapon,” he said. David Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), told the committee “it would take Iran at least four months in order to have sufficient weapon grade uranium … for a nuclear explosive device.”