Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Middle East Nuclear News

Iran Could Produce Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days, U.S. Says (Update2)
12 April 2006

BLOOMBERG (GERMANY) -- Iran, defying United Nations Security Council demands to halt its nuclear program, may be capable of making a nuclear bomb within 16 days, a U.S. State Department official said.
Iran will move to ``industrial scale'' uranium enrichment involving 54,000 centrifuges at its Natanz plant, the Associated Press quoted deputy nuclear chief Mohammad Saeedi as telling state-run television today.
"Using those 50,000 centrifuges they could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in 16 days,'' Stephen Rademaker, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Nonproliferation, told reporters today in Moscow. Source: (Reliability: 7)


Blogger PA VET said...

AS this issue heats up, I think your blog becomes even more important.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pretty misleading headline in the Bloomberg piece, given that their source says in the article that Iran could enrich enough HEU for a bomb 16 days AFTER it commissions 50,000 centrifuges, not 16 days from now.

12:46 PM  
Blogger NFC Team said...

Thank you for the comment that was made earlier about the misleading headline: I noticed the discrepancy at the time I posted the article and neglected to comment below. It definitely is misleading due to the nature of the fuel cycle what needs to happen before weapons-grade material can be produced. It does seem clear that Iran is NOT currently as dangerous as the media might have us to believe, however, once Iran begins industrial-scale centrifuge cascade fabrication (such as the the 50,000 centrifuge cascade mentioned in the article) the issue will become much more worrisome.

6:29 PM  

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