Iran may need only a month to produce enough weapons-grade uranium for a nuclear bomb, a U.S.-based antiproliferation group says in a new assessment of Tehran’s enrichment program.
I am not going into the details of if Iran can or will actually do this, because my colleague Shashnak Joshi has done a great job explaining what this all means in the same CNN piece.
But the point I would like to add is: this is why its important that as part of a final deal, the number and types of centrifuges to stay on Iranian soil should be limited.
Because one of the things which is causing concern is the sheer number of centrifuges (10,200 operating). The other is the new advanced type of centrifuges (believed to be 1000) which Iran has installed. Their large number and the fact that the new advanced centrifuges could produce more enriched uranium at a shorter time means the distance between decision and bomb could be shorter, if Khamenei decides to make a bomb. According to Israeli intelligence assessments, he has still not done that.
We would want to increase that distance.
And limiting the number and type of centrifuges on Iranian soil as part of a final agreement would help do that.
We are a long way from reaching such a deal. For now the onus is on Khamenei.