Following the IAEA complaint, the United States warned that Iran could manufacture a nuclear bomb in just 12 days

The US warned that Iran could take 12 days to make a bomb (AP)

USA warned this Tuesday that Iran has the capacity and resources to make enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb in just “about 12 days”.

This was stated by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Colin Kahl, during a House of Representatives hearing in which he was asked why President Joe Biden had tried to reactivate the agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA its acronym in English). Added to this comment, the official mentioned that the most recent estimate shows a significant decrease in time compared to the figures suggested in 2015, when said pact entered into force.

“Iran’s nuclear progress since we left the JCPOA has been remarkable. In 2018, when the previous government decided to abandon the JCPOA, it would have taken Iran about 12 months to produce a fissile material bomb. Now, it would take around 12 days.”Kahl responded to the Republican legislator’s question despite the fact that, against the background of the war in Ukraine and the military support that the regime gives Russia, the negotiations have been stalled.

Based on this last estimate, Kahl justified Biden's willingness to restore the pact (REUTERS)
Based on this last estimate, Kahl justified Biden’s willingness to restore the pact (REUTERS) (ELIZABETH FRANTZ /)

“That is why I believe that the opinion continues to exist that if this issue could be resolved diplomatically and restrictions placed on its nuclear program, it would be better than the other options. But, right now, the JCPOA is frozen, ”he added about the current administration’s efforts to restore the pact that was finalized when the previous president, donald trumpordered his dismissal and, with it, the restitution of the Economic sanctions about the Middle Eastern country.

Given this, the Islamic Republic responded increasing its nuclear capacity and resuming all his jobs that had been suspended for three years. This revived fears in both the United States and Europe and even Israel.

In the past, US authorities had estimated in weeks the time it would take the Persian regime to gather the necessary material for this bomb, so this is the first calculation that exposes more alarming figures.

Since the end of the pact in 2018, Iran has been increasing its nuclear capacity (REUTERS)
Since the end of the pact in 2018, Iran has been increasing its nuclear capacity (REUTERS) (Dado Ruvic /)

In any case, despite the fact that they see Iran getting closer to producing fissile material, they do not believe that it has mastered the technology necessary to actually build a bomb.

Kahl’s remarks came just hours after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) denounced a sharp increase in highly enriched uranium reserves in the country, which would have reached 40.5% Only between November and February. It is the compound with a strength of up to a 60%a level close to that needed to make atomic bombs.

As detailed in a report issued, the Persian country would already have some 87.5 kilos of material added to the 434.7 kilos of that enriched to 20 percent. Likewise, the organism confirmed that a sample taken in an underground installation of fordosouth of Tehran, last January, detected particles of 83.7% enriched uraniumalthough from Iran they have dismissed it as an “unintentional fluctuation”.

The IAEA also warned of the detection of uranium particles enriched to 83.7% in Fordo, south of Tehran (REUTERS)
The IAEA also alerted to the detection of uranium particles enriched to 83.7% in Fordo, south of Tehran (REUTERS) (LISA LEUTNER /)

IAEA officials maintain that this enrichment process “could have occurred during a transition period when launching the process (to enrich up to 60%) or when changing cylinders to feed centrifuges (to enrich uranium)” although they assured that “discussions with Iran to clarify this matter continue.”

(With information from Reuters)

Keep reading:

International observers have detected that the Iranian regime is close to having enough uranium to make a nuclear weapon.

The UN has warned that Iran has enough highly enriched uranium to build “various” nuclear weapons.

The Chinese and Iranian regimes pledged support to each other and agreed to speed up their plans to strengthen their relations.