By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
Experts studying new data provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog, concluded that Tehran could produce the fuel needed for a single nuclear warhead within roughly a month.
The experts noted that Iran had enriched nuclear fuel in recent months to near bomb-grade levels, The New York Times newspaper reported.
Federal officials who have seen classified estimates are prevented from discussing official assessments. But they reportedly conceded in background conversations that they believed it would take Iran only “a few months.”
Iran has not been this close to a weapon capability since before President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden agreed to the 2015 nuclear accord.
PLAN OF ACTION
News of Iran’s rising nuclear capabilities was due to worry further nearby Israel, which Iran’s Islamic leadership seeks to destroy.
Earlier this year, the Islamic nation already test-fired long-range missiles capable of striking the Jewish state.
Iran agreed Sunday to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards into surveillance cameras at its sensitive nuclear sites.
But the announcement by Mohammad Eslami of the U.N’s nuclear watchdog in the same awkward position it has faced since February.
RECORDINGS HOLD UP
Tehran still holds all recordings at its sites as negotiations over the U.S. and Iran returning to the nuclear deal remain stalled in Vienna.
Under the deal, Iran receives economic incentives in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. The agreement forced Iran to ship more than 97 percent of its fuel out of the country.
President Donald J. Trump abandoned the agreement in 2018, calling it “a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.” He added: “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
If Biden decides to re-join the pact, it would potentially make it easier for Iran to get access to tens of billions of dollars in oil revenue and frozen assets it desperately needs.
Iran continues to insist it has no desire for a nuclear arsenal.
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