Experts believe that the maximum purity of Iran's current stockpile is 60%, but if it is enriched enough to allow the production of a nuclear weapon (ie 90%), then Tehran will have enough material to make 3 nuclear weapons.
Experts differ over how long Tehran will be able to manufacture a nuclear weapon, according to the (European) newspaper.
The American Wall Street Journal said that Iran's violation of its obligations to the West under the nuclear agreement - especially the issue of producing uranium metal that goes into the manufacture of nuclear weapons - raises questions about Tehran's insistence to confirm every time that it does not seek to possess unclear weapons
A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency revealed to the member states of the United Nations - that is, after the Iranian authorities announced that they would stop allowing the agency's inspectors to enter its nuclear facilities - that Tehran had started producing uranium metal, a vital material for the manufacture of nuclear weapons.
The Iranian move - which came to pressure the administration of US President Joe Biden to lift the sanctions imposed by his predecessor Donald Trump on Tehran, and prompted Washington to rejoin the nuclear agreement, which it withdrew from in May 2018 - has raised Western officials' "concern" about whether Iran is in the process of Resuming its activities to build a nuclear weapon, especially given the limited civilian usefulness of uranium metal.
And last January, Tehran took one of its biggest steps so far in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement - according to the newspaper - by announcing the start of uranium enrichment with a purity of 60%, which is bypassing one of the red lines previously set by the European powers that are still a party to the nuclear deals agreement.
The Wall Street Journal reported that since the US withdrawal from the agreement, the Iranian authorities have accumulated a stock of low-enriched uranium amounting to 2,968 kilograms, 14 times more than the amount allowed under the agreement, according to a report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency last February.
Experts believe that the maximum purity of the current stockpile is 60%, but if it is enriched enough to allow the production of a nuclear weapon (ie 90%), then Iran will have enough material to make 3 nuclear weapons.
But these experts differ on how long it will take for Iran to produce a weapon of this type, and some Western officials believe that it will take Tehran two to three years to produce a nuclear warhead without any outside interference.
In contrast, others such as David Albright, a former weapons inspector and head of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, believe that Iran could conduct a nuclear test within nine months, build a basic nuclear weapon within a year, and install a warhead on a ballistic missile two years later.
Recently Israel is concerned that an emboldened Iran under the country's new president, Ebrahim Raisi, will refuse to suspend the country’s nuclear programme. The official's intervention chimes with a claim by Benny Gantz, Israel’s defence minister, that Iran is “only around 10 weeks away” from acquiring the weapons-grade materials necessary to build a nuclear weapon.
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