Think Tank: Iran Could Make Nuclear Weapon In One To Two Years
February 03, 2011
An influential think tank says Iran may be able to make a nuclear weapon in as little as one or two years if it chose to do so.
The London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said in a report today that evidence showed "beyond reasonable doubt" that Iran was seeking the capability to produce nuclear weapons should its leaders decide to go down that route.
The IISS report says that if the 4,000 centrifuges that appeared to be working well at Iran's Natanz enrichment plant were used for weapons purposes, and they continued to perform at their maximum output to date, "a little over a year and seven months would be required for the first bomb's worth of [highly enriched uranium]."
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