Iran Could Have Bomb in a Month: Report
But negotiators point to progress in talks
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2013 12:17 AM CDT
Updated Oct 25, 2013 5:33 AM CDT
In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani speaks at parliament in Tehran.   (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

(Newser) – In just a month, Iran could have enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb, a US expert says. "Breakout times"—a reference to the period needed to get weapons-grade uranium from low-enriched uranium—"are currently too short and shortening further." The findings, from the Institute for Science and International Security, are based on Iranian and UN data on nuclear progress, USA Today notes. The White House is currently urging Congress to hold off on potential tougher sanctions on the country.

Meanwhile, however, some US officials say new nuclear talks with Iran are going well. "I have never had such intense, detailed, straightforward, candid conversations with the Iranian delegation before," says a negotiator, per the Christian Science Monitor. Indeed, an Iranian lawmaker says the country isn't currently enriching uranium to 20% purity, a point at which it's easy to make weapons-grade stuff, the Monitor notes. MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini says there's "no need for further production" of 20%-enriched uranium, the Telegraph reports. Such a halt is one of the West's central goals in negotiations, the Monitor reports. Hosseini, however, isn't a government spokesman or nuclear negotiator, the AP notes.

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Oct 27, 2013 9:27 AM CDT
If the Iranians get their bomb, the "Palestinians" will not get a state. Israel will have to disperse its population into the hills of Judah and Samaria.
Oct 25, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD...?.. Another unnamed US government expert, said it? WHEN will the lying left-wing news media (cite) their stories? .. REALLY?
Oct 25, 2013 11:35 AM CDT
Israel is our real threat, and they are tearing America apart and looting this once great country. It is time to disarm Israel, they have between two and five hundred nuclear weapons. They now control our money and government, we are their lap dog.