Tags: U.N.: | Iran | 'Months' | From | Having | Nuke

U.N.: Iran 'Months' From Having Nuke

Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00 AM

Iran could be months away from a nuclear weapon, warned Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency.

ElBaradei told the British newspaper The Independent that Iran's nuclear capabilities depend upon whether it begins enriching uranium.

"I know they are trying to acquire the full fuel cycle," he said. "I know that acquiring the full fuel cycle means that a country is months away from nuclear weapons, and that applies to Iran and everybody else."

Currently, Iran is not believed to be enriching uranium. However, it did restart uranium conversion in August, a necessary step in the process. The end-product of uranium enrichment can be used for either a nuclear reactor or a nuclear weapon.

Benjamin Netanyahu, an Israeli politician vying for chairmanship of the hard-line Likud party, proposed Sunday that Israel take "bold and daring" action against Iran's nuclear program.

He cited Isreal's 1981 air strike on an Iraqi nuclear facility in Osirak. That attack thwarted Saddam Hussein's earliest known nuclear program.

But, ElBaradei predicted that non-diplomatic efforts would "open a Pandora's box."

Iran responded by threatening "devastating" consequences for any action taken to wipe out its burgeoning nuclear program. "The Zionest regime is well aware that if it made such a grave mistake, the Iranian reaction would be devastating," said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeman Hamid-Reza Assefi to the Iranian Student News Agency.

Israelis have good reason to fear Iran's nuclear program. Iranian leaders have consistently threatened Israel.

"The Iranian threat is an existential one," Netanyahu told Israel Radio Sunday. "It is a country that declared its plans to destroy Israel and is developing the tools to carry out this destruction."

Netanyahu could have been referring to an October 26 speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad called for Isreal to be "wiped off the map" and led group chants of "death to Israel" at the "World Without Zionism" conference in Tehran.

Iran insists its nuclear program is for benign purposes. But the European Union accused the regime of possessing documents on how to produce nuclear warheads in November, and observers question the oil-rich country's need for alternative energy resources.

102

© 2019 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

   
1Like our page
2Share
Pre-2008
Iran could be months away from a nuclear weapon, warned Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency. ElBaradei told the British newspaper The Independent that Iran's nuclear capabilities depend upon whether it begins enriching...
U.N.:,Iran,'Months',From,Having,Nuke
355
2005-00-05
Monday, 05 December 2005 12:00 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved