Iran and Nuclear Weapons?
Iran is said to have Fuel rods installed that help enrich uranium, if this is true by when would Iran be able to actually have a nuclear bomb developed?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
I ask you some questions: “why you don’t care about Israel nuclear arsenal? Why you don’t care about UK & US nuclear arsenal? Who allows America to help India, developing nuclear warhead? Why Israel refused to join NPT? As members of NPT, why U.K & U.S began to develop new generation of nuclear weapons?”
Iran suspended its entire nuclear program for two years.
Iran allowed IAEA agents to control all of its nuclear facilities.
Iran allowed IAEA to setup controlling cameras in its nuclear facilities.
You may ask: “why Iran refused to enrich uranium in Russia facilities”
Answer: if Iran enrich uranium in Russia facilities there is no assurance that by any political reason they don’t refuse to give us uranium and it is obvious that a nuclear reactor whiteout fuel have no use and whiteout fuel there would be no electricity and delay in electricity delivery will cause huge damage to Iran’s economy. So it’s totally logical that Iran wants to have its own uranium enrichment facilities.
It is also logical that after suspending uranium enrichment for two year whiteout any result, Iran wants to resume its uranium enrichment.
Recently Israel threats Iran that if it doesn’t stop uranium enrichment; it will attack Iran and will use “ANOMALY (nuclear) WARHEADS” for destroying Iran’s uranium enrichment facilities. It’s odd to see that Israel openly talk about nuking Iran and Security Council stay silent.
- ErikaLv 44 years ago
Iran has assorted "nuclear" centers. at a similar time as there is not any longer an incredible quantity of information at this element, one would desire to look at Iran's status interior the international. The are a terrorist regime. They help terrorism in struggling with US troops in Iraq, they continuously call for the removing of Israel. additionally they play video games with the United international locations. those are no longer information of nuclear weapons, yet basically the clarification why they'd desire to no longer be allowed to get carry of them.
- Dr. NickLv 61 decade ago
If work is continued now, they can have a weapon in the next 1-4 years
- ?Lv 71 decade ago
the most recent "best guess" was yesterday and has declined to 2 years.
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
What time is it now.........we might want to find shelter.Naw man don't worry give a few hours.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
It is the centrifuges (not fuel rods) that enrich uranium.
ISIS is skeptical of Natanz FEP being fully operational with 3,000 centrifuges by May 2007 to produce HEU and plutonium at Arak.
Prior to 2002 there were several NPT violations. Since the 2002 construction of the underground facility at Natanz, Iran has made steady progress to producing weapons grade material
2002 - Iran builds underground plant at Natanz.
At a 13 December 2002 briefing, State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters the facility was being built partially underground, and as such is inconsistent with Iran's claims that its nuclear intentions are peaceful: "It appears from the imagery that a service road, several small structures, and perhaps three large structures are being build below grade, and some of these are already being covered with earth. Iran clearly intended to harden and bury that facility. That facility was probably never intended by Iran to be a declared component of the peaceful program. Instead Iran has been caught constructing a secret underground site where it could produce fissile material." Based upon what Boucher termed "hard evidence," Iran appears to be constructing a uranium enrichment plant at Nantaz, as well as a heavy water plant. "The suspect uranium-enrichment plant ... could be used to produce highly-enriched uranium for weapons. The heavy-water plant could support a reactor for producing weapons-grade plutonium. These facilities are not justified by the needs of Iran's civilian nuclear program," he said. By mid-2004 the Natanz centrifuge facility was hardened with a roof of several meters of reinforced concrete and buried under a layer of earth some 75 feet deep.
2002 - Davood Aqajani, director for the Natanz heavy water project, also manages Kala-Electric which is developing the capability to make separated plutonium and highly enriched uranium, the two main nuclear explosive materials
2003 - It was reported on August 26, 2003, that the IAEA had found particles of highly enriched uranium in environmental samples taken at Natanz
2004 - Iran did not declare to the IAEA the existence of a pilot enrichment facility at the Kalaye Electric Company Workshop, and laser enrichment plants at the Tehran Nuclear Research center and at Lashkar Ab’ad. Because experiments at these sites involved the use of nuclear material in equipment, Iran was obligated to report them to the IAEA. Iran continues to deny the IAEA access to equipment and areas of the Physics Research Center at Lavisan-Shian and elsewhere for environmental sampling, and despite repeated requests, has not made available for interview one of the center’s former directors. IAEA entry to another site, Parchin, was granted only after repeated requests and under circumscribed conditions. Iran recently balked at a request by the IAEA to visit the
underground halls at Natanz. As noted below, Iran has refused outright to discuss sensitive issues related to alleged high explosives testing, the design of a missile re-entry vehicle and apparent linkages between its nuclear program and Iran’s military.
2004 (Using only P-1 centrifuges)...... By some time in 2006, Iran could be producting fissile material for atomic bombs using both uranium enriched at Natanz and plutonium produced at Arak. The Natanz facility might produce enough uranium for about five bombs every year, and the Arak facility might produced enough plutonium for as many as three bombs every year.
2005 - Pakistan has confirmed that the former head of its nuclear weapons programme, AQ Khan, on the nuclear black market, sold centrifuges for enriching uranium to Iran.
2006 - Iran Centrifuge Technology Company has built at least 15 (P-2) advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges. Iran has already been enriching uranium with slower P-1 centrifuges, made from an older design.
Iran is progressing in its work at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz, and continues to deny IAEA requests to resolve outstanding questions in a number of areas. The IAEA states that between August 13 and November 2, 2006, Iran reported that approximately 34 kg of UF6 was fed into the centrifuges and enriched to levels below 5 percent U-235. HEU contamination was reported in the IAEA’s August 2006 report. The plutonium is a new finding
Since 31 August 2006, centrifuges in the single machine test stand, and the 10-machine, 20-
machine and first 164-machine cascades at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) have been run,
mostly under vacuum, with UF6 being fed during intermittent periods. The installation of the second
164-machine cascade was completed and, on 13 October 2006, testing of the cascade with UF6 gas was begun. Iran has not provided the Agency with full access to operating records at PFEP.
2007 - UNANIMOUS VOTE - The UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1747 on 24 March 2007. As reported by the UN press office, the resolution imposes further sanctions on Iran and reaffirms that Iran must take the steps required by the IAEA Board.
We know that they have two 164 centrifuge cascades above ground in the "R&D" facility at Natanz. They have also said but sometimes denied that they have two further 164 centrifuge cascades below ground in in Natanz.
19 February 2007 - ElBaradei - six months away - since the country has already acquired considerable technical knowledge from enriching uranium in a "research and development" facility.
Jan 18, 2007 Iran is ready to start assembling 3,000 centrifuges to produce enriched uranium - a possible pathway to nuclear arms - after finishing most preliminary work on an underground facility housing such machines, a diplomat and a UN official said Thursday... Iran's leaders have suggested those machines would be in place by March 20, the end of the Iranian year.
Feb 25, 1007 GeoEye’s OrbView-3 satellite imagery of Arak 40 MW Heavy Water Reactor construction. When fully operational, the reactor is estimated to be able to produce about 9 kilograms of weapon-grade plutonium per year.
March 15, 2007 - Iran intends to have one of the largest nuclear fuel cycle programs in the developing world..with the capability to produce highly enriched uranium (HEU) and weapon-grade plutonium for nuclear weapons. Natanz - Urenco’s “P1” (slow) and “P2” (fast) centrifuges - In January, Iran started to install about 3,000 centrifuges underground in the FEP. The centrifuges are slated to be organized into eighteen 164-machine cascades that operate together under a common control system to produce low enriched uranium, what Iran calls a “module.” The underground halls of the FEP can hold about 17-18 modules, for a total of about 50,000 to 53,000 centrifuges.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
soon, but not yet.