Iran 6 Months From Nuke-Ready: Report

Senate report warns uranium stockpile could cause regional arms race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2009 3:30 AM CDT
Iranian technicians are seen at a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, just outside the city of Isfahan.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – Experts believe Iran could be only 6 months away from having enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb, CNN reports. While there's no indication Iran is preparing to build a bomb, the status of the country's nuclear program remains largely unknown, and its uranium stockpile has the potential to destabilize the region, said a Senate report released yesterday.

"Many nations in the region already fear an ascendant Iran," the report said. "Simply producing a large enough stockpile of low-enriched uranium for weapons could confer on Iran new leverage over the critical region. It also could motivate some of its neighbors to seek their own nuclear capability."