Now, a researcher has claimed that the Iranian regime is closer than ever before to creating a nuclear bomb.
According to RAND Corporation researcher Gregory S. Jones, Tehran could have enough for its first bomb within eight weeks, Jones said in a report published this week at its current rate of uranium enrichment.
The claim was made by Jones in a report published this week.
Despite reports of setbacks in its nuclear program, the Iranian regime is steadily progressing towards a bomb, he said. However, Jones said, there is nothing the US can do to stop Tehran, short of military occupation.
Jones has based his report on recent findings by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), published two weeks ago. Making the bomb will take around two months, he says, because constructing a nuclear warhead is a complicated step in the process.
Stopping Iran will require deploying forces on the ground, because airstrikes are no longer sufficient, he said. The reality is that the US and Israel have failed to keep Iran from developing a nuclear warhead whenever it wants, Jones said.
The best option for the US now is to recognize that this policy has failed and decide on the following steps, based on realistic assessment of Iranian uranium-enrichment efforts, he added.
Tehran has produced 38.3 kg of uranium enriched at 19.7%. If its centrifuges continue to work at the current capacity, it will take around two months for the Iranian regime to produce the 20 kg of uranium enriched to 90% required for the production of a nuclear warhead, the researcher added.