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IAEA: Iran Needs 6 Mos To Make Nukes

From the erstwhile news organization, CBS News:

IAEA Chief: Iran Could Make Nuke In 6 Months

Jun 24, 2008

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CBS) ― The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Iran could create a nuclear weapon in six months.

IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei spoke on Al-Arabiya television on June 20, discussing Iran’s nuclear program, and the potential for the Middle Eastern country to produce a nuclear weapon.

"If Iran wants to turn to the production of nuclear weapons, it must leave the NPT, expel the IAEA inspectors, and then it would need at least, considering the number of centrifuges and the quantity of uranium Iran has…It would need at least six months to one year," ElBaradei said.

"Therefore, Iran will not be able to reach the point where we would wake up one morning to an Iran with a nuclear weapon," he said.

His interviewer then asked "If Iran decides today to expel the IAEA from the country, it will need six months to produce [nuclear] weapons?"

The IAEA chief answered, "It would need this period to produce a weapon, and to obtain highly-enriched uranium in sufficient quantities for a single nuclear weapon."

ElBaradei also warned that he will resign as chief of the UN nuclear agency if Iran is attacked by any country.

"I always think of resigning in the event of a military strike…If military force is used, I would conclude that there is no mechanism left for me to defend," he said…

Mind you, Mr. ElBaradei is supposed to be in the business of preventing countries from getting nuclear weapons.

Instead, he is using the threat of his resignation to keep anyone from stopping Iran from doing so.

Of course the way we see it, getting rid of Mr. ElBaradei would be just one more added benefit of such a strike.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 24th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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