Iran has enough uranium to enrich for five nukes, experts say (TIMES OF ISRAEL) By ILAN BEN ZION 05/26/12)
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Iran possesses enough uranium to produce five atomic bombs-worth of
weapons-grade enriched material, according to a report published on
Friday by an American think-tank.
Analysis of the International Atomic Energy Agency report on Iranís
nuclear program by the Institute for Science and International
Security found that Tehran has 6,197 kg of light enriched (3.5
percent) uranium. That amount could yield five nuclear weapons if
enriched to 95% purity.
The report noted that Iranís average monthly enrichment of uranium
has accelerated drastically since its last investigation in February,
and that Iran is continuing to enrich its nuclear stock to 20%
purity. The IAEA estimated that Iran has produced a total of 145.6
kg of 20% enriched uranium.
The IAEA experts also found particles enriched up to 27% at the Fordo
nuclear facility. That is higher than the 20% declared by Iran and
closer to the weapons-grade material used in nuclear missiles.
The findings showed Iran is pressing ahead with its uranium
enrichment despite UN resolutions calling on it to suspend the
The IAEAís report came a day after Iran and world powers concluded a
second round of negotiations in Baghdad that failed to yield a
diplomatic resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue. (© 2012 THE TIMES
OF ISRAEL 05/26/12)
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