Iran has boosted atomic bomb ability: US scientists

AFP/ISNA/File – A general view of the heavy water facility at Arak, Iran, 2006. Leading American scientists Friday warned …

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Leading American scientists Friday warned against Western complacency over Iran’s nuclear drive, saying in a study that Tehran last year boosted its capacity to build an atomic bomb.

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Moving Towards Ezekiel 38-39

“Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:”
—Ezekiel 38:2-5

Editors note about the words and GogFYI: Many Bible teachers believe that Gog is the leader of the Russia alliance in the latter days., MagogFYI: Many Bible teachers believe that Magog, the descendant of Japheth, is identified as the Russian coalition in the latter days. and PersiaFYI: Persia in concert with Adolf Hitler, changed its name to Iran (Aryan Land) in May of 1935.

The study, published by a body set by scientists from the top-secret Manhattan Project which built the world’s first atomic bomb, comes as the United States and five other powers hold nuclear talks with Iran in Istanbul.
And it follows claims by US and Israeli officials that international efforts have slowed Iran’s nuclear drive.

The Washington-based Federation of American Scientists said on its website that the gas centrifuges at Iran’s main enrichment plant in Natanz became more efficient in 2010.
Centrifuges are the machines that enrich uranium for fuel in either civilian nuclear power plants or for a bomb’s destructive power. Uranium must be enriched to 90 percent for a bomb, compared to five percent for power plants.
“Despite a drop in centrifuge numbers during 2010, the total enrichment capacity of Iran’s main facility has increased relative to previous years,” said the study authored by Ivanka Barzashka.
“The growth in enrichment capacity from 2009 to 2010 is greater than from 2008 to 2009,” it said, adding the calculations were made on data provided by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“Contrary to statements by US officials and many experts, Iran clearly does not appear to be slowing down its nuclear drive. On the contrary, it has a greater enrichment capacity and seems to be more efficient at enrichment,” it said.
Barzashka estimated “it would take Iran anywhere from five months to almost a year to produce enough HEU (highly enriched uranium) for a single crude bomb, which does not seem like a viable breakout option.”
“Breakout” potential is the time it would take to build a bomb.
“We are still in a stage where the numbers of new centrifuges Iran installs and their effective performance have significant effect on its time to a bomb,” the author said.
During a January 10 visit to Abu Dhabi, on the opposite side of the Gulf from Iran, Clinton said international sanctions have made it “much more difficult” for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions.
And Israel’s strategic affairs minister, Moshe Yalon, said last month that a series of “technological challenges and difficulties” meant Tehran was still about three years away from being able to build nuclear weapons.
The New York Times reported January 16 that US and Israeli intelligence services collaborated to develop a destructive computer worm, known as Stuxnet, to sabotage Iran’s atomic bomb-making efforts.
Iran insists its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, denying Western charges it seeks to build bombs.

  1. James, 25 January, 2011

    All I see here is propaganda propaganda propaganda. Hey look that guy has a bomb! I just know it! How many times can the people of this nation fall for such relentless lying.

  2. Ernest, 25 January, 2011

    Stuxnet, was a nice touch! A much more aggressive intervention is necessary to completely stop the Persian bomb! The sooner the better.

    An old political saying; ‘It is better to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission!’

    Not only is it ‘Better’ but its also ‘Simpler’ and ‘simple’ beats ‘complex’ any day!

  3. Terry, 25 January, 2011

    The truth is, no one really knows how close Iran is to having a working nuclear bomb or how big it will be, or even how many they would make, but the intentions are clear. They want to wipe Israel off the map. Now God will not let that happen, so either by intervention frmo the U.S, U.N, or some natural disaster such as a massive earthquake, Iran will fail. It may be that WMD’s or Uranium are secretly being shipped to terrorist groups in Syria and Lebonon for them to use on Israel. But if that is the case, Syria will become an uninhabitable wasteland.

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