Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Iran 'months' from atomic bomb

Iran 'months' from atomic bomb: "Iran 'months' from atomic bomb
27/07/2004 10:06 - (SA)
London - Iran is just 'months away' from being able to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb, Britain's The Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, quoting Western diplomatic sources.
'Iran appears to be further advanced in acquiring the relevant nuclear technology than we had initially thought,' a British official told the newspaper.
Teheran had bought time through appearing to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency and with a diplomatic initiative led by Britain, France and Germany, the report said.
But officials now believed the situation was 'grave', it added.
'Actually they have just continued with the research work and now they are only a few months away from completing the programme,' a source told The Times.
Iran is a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty but is allowed to develop nuclear technology for civilian purposes.
US President George Bush has named Iran as part of the 'axis of evil' and accused Tehran of wanting to develop nuclear weapons.
Officials told the Times the IAEA was monitoring Iran closely, and that the country could be referred to the United Nations Security Council in coming months.
Teheran had chosen to use centrifuge technology to enrich uranium for making a bomb, rather than extracting plutonium from used fuel from a reactor under con"

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