Iran May Have Enough Uranium for Nuke in 2014
Plus: Sanctions cause drug shortages
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 14, 2013 12:01 PM CST
In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 photo, an Iranian pharmacist arranges medicine on shelves at a pharmacy in central Tehran, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

(Newser) – By the middle of next year, Iran may have stockpiled enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear weapon, US experts say, calling for heightened sanctions on the country. In a new report, five nonproliferation experts argue that it's time for President Obama to make it "crystal clear" that the US military is willing to take action to avoid such a future, Reuters reports. "We don't think there is any secret enrichment plant making significant secret uranium enrichment right now," says one of the experts, but there's "real worry" that could change.

The US should say it's prepared for a "de facto international embargo on all investments in, and trade with, Iran" if the country fails to adhere to UN resolutions, the report says. But the Guardian points to dangers from existing sanctions: Sick Iranians are facing a shortage of vital medications ranging from chemotherapy to blood-clotting drugs. Waivers meant to prevent such shortages aren't working because they clash with banking sanctions and rules against chemicals that could be used in weapons capacities. Western officials are working on the problem, but some leading drug companies are avoiding any contact with the country.

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Jan 15, 2013 4:29 PM CST
It is funny how people say, "The U.S. needs to say this..." or "The U.S. needs to take a stand against that..." I hope they bomb the crap out of the world and just finally bring it to an end. The end is near.
Jan 15, 2013 7:26 AM CST
I just painted a bull's eye on my apartment window. The first country to hit it with a nuke, wins the prize!
Jan 15, 2013 6:14 AM CST
oh my this is real scary. think of that evil ahmadinnerjacket armed with some lousy primitive nuclear weapon. that would be really a baaaad thing. he could act some retaliation of sort against israel if attacked, this is real terrorism, not allowing israel and the usa to fuck your country up without oher reason than pillaging, plundering and torching everything while killing thousands of civilians for the superior good of democracy, like happened to afghanistan, libya, iraq...