Iran has material for 1-2 atom bombs: ex-IAEA aide

Iran has stockpiled enough low-enriched uranium for 1-2 nuclear arms but it would not make sense for it to cross the bomb-making threshold with only this amount, a former top U.N. nuclear official was quoted as saying.

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IshmaelFYI: Ishmael is the son of Abraham through Hagar, the maid of Abraham’s wife Sarah.
Ishmael is the Biblical father of the Arab nations. •From these nations came Mohammad, who in approximately 632 a.d founded the Religion of Islam.
•The verse below is speaking directly concerning Ishmael and the nations that would come from this direct descendent of Abraham.

“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.”
—Genesis 16:12


“…upon the earth distressStrongs 4928: sunoche, soon-okh-ay´; from 4912; restraint, i.e. (figuratively) anxiety: — anguish, distress. of nations, with perplexityStrongs 640: aporia, ap-or-ee´-a; from the same as 639; a (state of) quandary:—perplexity.
Strongs 639: aporeo, ap-or-eh´-o; from a compound of 1 (as a negative particle) and the base of 4198; to have no way out, i.e. be at a loss (mentally):— (stand in) doubt, be perplexed
—Luke 21:25

In unusual public remarks about Iran’s disputed nuclear programme Olli Heinonen, the former chief of U.N. nuclear inspections worldwide, told Le Monde newspaper that Iran’s uranium reserve still represented a “threat.”

Until he stepped down earlier this month for personal reasons, Heinonen was deputy director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and head of its nuclear safeguards department, which verifies that countries’ nuclear programmes are not being diverted for military use.

A no-nonsense Finn, he was one of the U.N. agency’s leading experts on Iran, which denies Western suspicions that its nuclear programme is aimed at making bombs despite intelligence indications to the contrary, which he investigated for years.

In the interview published on Thursday, Heinonen said the Islamic Republic now possessed three tonnes of low-enriched uranium, material which can be used to fuel nuclear power plants, or form the core of a bomb if refined much further.

“In theory, it is enough to make one or two nuclear arms. But to reach the final step, when one only has just enough material for two weapons, does not make sense,” Heinonen said in the interview carried out just before he left office.

In comments translated from English to French, he suggested this was not sufficient to constitute a serious bargaining chip in any negotiations with the United States, the Islamic Republic’s old adversary.

“But this constitutes a … threat,” he said, apparently referring to Iran’s LEU stockpile.

Heinonen said the United States estimated that Iran would need a year to convert its low-enriched uranium to higher-grade material, adding that this was a not a “bad estimate.”

Top Pentagon officials told the U.S. Congress in April that Iran could produce enough highly enriched uranium for a single nuclear weapon in as little as a year — but would probably need three to five years to assemble, test and deploy it.

World powers hope that new U.N., U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Iran since June will persuade it to enter negotiations on its nuclear programme which the West hopes will lead to a suspension of all uranium enrichment activity.

Iran, which says its nuclear work is aimed at generating electricity so that it can export more of its gas and oil, has repeatedly ruled out halting enrichment, while keeping the door open for talks.

Heinonen is probably best known for giving a closed-door presentation to diplomats on Iran in 2008 which indicated links between projects to process uranium, test explosives and modify a missile cone in a way suitable for a nuclear warhead.

His department’s five-year investigation based on Western intelligence funneled to the agency helped harden IAEA concerns that Iran might have worked to develop a nuclear-armed missile and was still doing so.

Tehran says the intelligence is forged and that its atomic work is solely for peaceful purposes.

(Additional reporting by Sylvia Westall and Fredrik Dahl in Vienna; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

  1. Janine, 26 August, 2010

    Anyone following the story of Iran and their Nuclear capabilities should read “Can America Survive?” by Pastor John Hagee, released just this year…Especially if you are fascinated with The Book of Daniel or Revelations and/or like to study prophecy. “Can America Survive?” is divided into four parts. Part 1 – A Nuclear Iran, Part 2 – The Fall of America, Part 3 – The Beginning of the End; Part 4 – The Final Days. This book is UNBELIEVABLE and utterly fascinating, especially since it was just released in 2010.

  2. Ernest Gregoire, 27 August, 2010

    America hating liberals will one day get their wish, America will be nuked!
    It has been practiced by the Iranians already. They shot a rocket from a ship, it ‘failed’ at precisely 180 miles of altitude. The did this twice!

    It was not a failure, it was a smashing success! 180 miles is the altitude needed for an EMP nuclear attack. Such an attack will instantly propel the US into the mid-1800’s. No cars will run!

    Nothing that uses electricity will work. There will be no sanitation, (no pumps), and no water for the same reason.

    Nice going, liberals!

  3. Matt, 30 August, 2010

    This information maybe only half of what we truly know. Why Israel would not attack seems to ponder our thoughts. The only sure thing we know is that this must be part of Gods plan.

    Researching through systematic theology as the book of Revelation and Daniel explains that some type of peace is reached toward the end times. This could represent peace to Ishmaels’ blood line. In some studies in the earlier days that peace would be won on earth for the greater good. Now looking back maybe peace is won through over taking Gods promise land by the greater evil.

    This could make sense seeing how evil is prevailing like the days of Noah and before the flood.

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