In one of the more alarming scenarios, analysts estimate that Iran—using only declared nuclear material and declared sites for uranium enrichment—already has the technical potential to produce nuclear explosive material for its first nuclear weapon in a matter of a few months. What’s worse, if Iran has undeclared sites for uranium enrichment, analysts [...]
Tehran may be only days from being able to create weapons-grade uranium
One of three diplomats who discussed the issue said Iran was now technically ready within days to ramp up its production of 20 percent enriched uranium at its Fordo facility by nearly 700 centrifuges. That would double present output, and cut in [...]
It’s not what you don’t see that will get you into trouble. It’s what you see but don’t understand that will do it.
In the case of nuclear terrorism, it’s not a rogue group that manages to get its hand on a nuclear bomb or material that is the problem. It’s a terror sponsoring state [...]
“Iran has started the production of uranium enriched up to 20 percent” in the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant, IAEA spokesman Gill Tudor said in an e-mail today. “All nuclear material in the facility remains under the agency’s containment and surveillance.”
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the enrichment represented an intensification of [...]
According to a RAND report, the United States and the world have blown the chance to prevent an Iranian nuclear weapon. Half a year ago, US air strikes and a no-fly zone might have prevented a nuclear bomb in the hands of the martyrdom ideology of Khomeinist Iran. That window has now slammed shut. In [...]
In a worst case scenario, there will be no health issues beyond 20 or 30 kilometers. There will be a meltdown. As nuclear material hits the concrete floor there will be an explosion. Radioactive material will go up to about 500 meters into the air. That means the problems will be all local.
China had blocked publication of the [UN] report which has been ready for six months, diplomats said.
North Korea is involved with “the surreptitious transfer of nuclear-related and ballistic missile-related equipment, know-how and technology” to countries including Iran, Syria and Myanmar, said the report.
With the decline of the American empire, the global financial crisis and a Middle East that is about to blow up, historian Niall Ferguson announced that the “age of upheaval” has begun. Just in case you thought it couldn’t get any worse, now it has. The “start of the end of the [...]
As scientists warn that much of the nuclear material still remains in Chernobyl, Europe is already building a new dome over the contaminated plant in order to protect the continent from another nuclear disaster.
According to scientists, only a fraction of the nuclear material the reactor contained was expelled by the explosion back in 1986, [...]
Administration officials say that it would still take Iran a year to produce a weapon and that such an attempt would likely be detected by U.N. inspectors. But the IAEA report contained worrisome information on that score, too. Iran is refusing to answer questions about its work on more advanced centrifuges or on plans to [...]