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Iran has enough uranium for 5 bombs: expert
Reuters ^ | Sat May 26, 2012 8:48am EDT | Fredrik Dahl

Posted on 05/26/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT by Olog-hai

Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a U.S. security institute said.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which tracks Iran's nuclear program closely, based the analysis on data in the latest report by the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which was issued on Friday.

Progress in Iran's nuclear activities is closely watched by the West and Israel as it could determine how long it could take Tehran to build atomic bombs, if it decided to do so. Iran denies any plan to and says its aims are entirely peaceful.

During talks in Baghdad this week, six world powers failed to convince Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment program. They will meet again in Moscow next month to try to defuse a decade-old standoff that has raised fears of a new war in the Middle East that could disrupt oil supplies.

Friday's report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a Vienna-based U.N. body, showed Iran was pressing ahead with its uranium enrichment work in defiance of U.N. resolutions calling on it to suspend the activity.

It said Iran had produced almost 6.2 tons of uranium enriched to a level of 3.5 percent since it began the work in 2007—some of which has subsequently been further processed into higher-grade material.

This is nearly 750 kg more than in the previous IAEA report issued in February, and ISIS said Iran's monthly production had risen by roughly a third.

"This total amount of 3.5 percent low enriched uranium hexafluoride, if further enriched to weapon grade, is enough to make over five nuclear weapons," ISIS said in its analysis. …

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 5toomany; caliphate; iran; israel; jihad; nukes; waronterror

1 posted on 05/26/2012 9:25:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Last time I looked, Israel is estimated to have over 200...who’s the winner here?


2 posted on 05/26/2012 9:26:38 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

All about the intended use. One used in a terror attack is something the world has never seen before.


3 posted on 05/26/2012 9:31:31 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

True. But one used anywhere near the Israelis will result in significantly less Muslims born to be terrorists.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 9:35:35 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Olog-hai

Since we can’t, or won’t, do anything, how long before Israel acts? Will they wait and see if Romney wins? And if obama wins will they act the next day?


5 posted on 05/26/2012 9:36:32 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Gaffer
Last time I looked, Israel is estimated to have over 200...who’s the winner here?

islam.

6 posted on 05/26/2012 9:38:21 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Olog-hai
There's a BIG difference between having the materials and making the final product.

Ever tried putting up dry wall or ceramic tiling? Both looked easy to me. The final product was, well, less than satisfactory.

Multiply that times the National Debt and you are in the ball park of the degree of difficulty of making a fission bomb.

7 posted on 05/26/2012 9:39:42 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: null and void

It’s all about location and yield. Add determiniation.


8 posted on 05/26/2012 9:39:42 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

That’s the last thing the Mullahs would be worried about, I think. Just more martyrs for the cause, just like on 9/11.


9 posted on 05/26/2012 9:44:06 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Is anyone suprised? The entire world including the Obama administration knew that the Iranians had always fully intended to possess nuclear weapons or have the capability to quickly assemle them. For reasons well documented, this is an intolerale situation for Israel and even places the United States in danger. However for Mr. Obama, he will allow nothing that may threaten his reelection. Definitive action by Israel and/or the United States could adversly affect his campaign if the actions are inconclusive or the Americans lose ships and suffer significant casualities. Hence the Iranians know they have a free hand until November. The big question is will it be too late to stop them after November?


10 posted on 05/26/2012 9:44:53 AM PDT by allendale
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To: Mikey_1962

It’s the “nuclear umbrella” principle, ultimately. Besides, even dirty bombs would be satisfactory to Hezbollah and Hamas.


11 posted on 05/26/2012 9:45:44 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Tel Aviv, Haifa, NYC, Washington DC and Hollywood?

With six you get Miami...


12 posted on 05/26/2012 9:47:21 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Olog-hai

1, 10 a dozen or scores are martyrs, a billion is another matter.


13 posted on 05/26/2012 9:47:59 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Mikey_1962

Yeah. We did it with slide rules and non-automated machine tools.

And we didn’t even know if it could even be done when we started.


14 posted on 05/26/2012 9:51:20 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: nuconvert

Ping.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 9:51:20 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Gaffer
It’s all about location and yield. Add determination.

We will find
sooner or later
if Achmed'll pray
to a glowing crater...

16 posted on 05/26/2012 9:53:11 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: null and void

I’m more for “nuke it until it’s glass, and then hope they break their necks when they slip on it”


17 posted on 05/26/2012 9:54:48 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Mikey_1962

“difficulty of making a fission bomb”

What makes you think they need to?


18 posted on 05/26/2012 9:55:07 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Gaffer
1, 10 a dozen or scores are martyrs, a billion is another matter.

Joseph Stalin: "One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic>'

19 posted on 05/26/2012 9:56:14 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Army Air Corps

Thanx.


20 posted on 05/26/2012 9:57:17 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: Gaffer
If they all go to Jannah (in the real world, die for nothing), the Mullahs would be happy no matter the billions. Khomeini was willing to sacrifice the whole population of Iran to see his goals through, besides.
21 posted on 05/26/2012 9:57:28 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Gaffer

Nuke ‘em ‘til they glow, then shoot ‘em in the dark...


22 posted on 05/26/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Olog-hai
"....the whole population..... A start. Then, the Mullahs may have to strap on the bomb vests themselves. Here's something more simple -- a gun (mullahs) without bullets (Muslims) is useless. Get the picture?
23 posted on 05/26/2012 10:00:50 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: null and void

An oldie, but goodie!!!!! Let’s ship’em some 50,000 SPF first....after all, we’re not heartless, are we?


24 posted on 05/26/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: null and void
We did it with slide rules and non-automated machine tools.

I am glad that Iran is on the cutting edge of 1944.

I am also glad that the mullahs want to go back to the 7th century.

One of the things that the USA is REALLY GOOD AT is sending countries back to the 7th century.

Just give us 72 hours and your country will be trying to re-invent the wheel.

25 posted on 05/26/2012 10:07:09 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Gaffer

“Last time I looked, Israel is estimated to have over 200...who’s the winner here?”

Only takes one to get through. Israel needs to deport everyone from gaza to Egypt and seal the southern border.


26 posted on 05/26/2012 10:14:54 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: null and void

Hollywood?

Malibu. In the middle of the night, on a Wednesday.


27 posted on 05/26/2012 10:37:41 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Mikey_1962
If we had a lick of sense we'd flatten their infrastructure, kill their leaders, split them up on ethnic lines, set them at each others' throats, and walk away.
28 posted on 05/26/2012 10:38:07 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: BenLurkin

Hollywood. Kill the evil Joooooooooooooooooz running the entertainment/Joooooooooooooish propaganda machine.


29 posted on 05/26/2012 10:41:55 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1222 of our ObamaVacation from reality [and what dark chill/is gathering still/before the storm])
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To: Mikey_1962
I don't think a fission bomb is all that hard to build, once you have enough of the right kind of fissionables.

Building a working fusion (thermonuclear) bomb seems to be considerably more complicated.

30 posted on 05/26/2012 10:46:28 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: Olog-hai

Is that counting the uranium for the drones we gave them?


31 posted on 05/26/2012 10:50:31 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Olog-hai
"We're on the way".


32 posted on 05/26/2012 10:55:58 AM PDT by Signalman ( November, 2012-The End of an Error)
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To: Mikey_1962

Sorry, but the “hard” part is acquiring the fissile material that is high quality.

The rest is relatively easy.

It doesn’t matter much that the result is “dirty” or inefficient at turning most of the material into energy.


33 posted on 05/26/2012 11:06:11 AM PDT by DB
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To: null and void
If we had a lick of sense we'd flatten their infrastructure, kill their leaders, split them up on ethnic lines, set them at each others' throats, and walk away.

Oh... you mean like Obama is doing in the US ?

34 posted on 05/26/2012 11:19:13 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: tacticalogic

The enriched uranium fission bomb is not all that difficult to produce. The Hiroshima bomb, Little Boy, was a uranium fission device and Manhattan Project scientists were so confident the design would work that it was dropped untested. The Little Boy bomb used a section of a naval cannon and fired a sub-critical slug of enriched uranium into another piece of uranium to achieve the critical mass needed for a nuclear chain reaction. Bombs using Plutonium require a more complex implosion form of detonation.


35 posted on 05/26/2012 11:31:33 AM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: Olog-hai

This is going to be a tragedy. If it weren’t for the loons running iran, I think those people could be pretty good allies of the west. I think they are even more like westerners than the turks are.


36 posted on 05/26/2012 11:49:43 AM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Mikey_1962

Your drywall and tiling job probably would have turned out OK if you had an experienced Russian contractor at your side giving you pointers.


37 posted on 05/26/2012 12:58:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: All; GeronL

Salve

You may think that Persians are stupid, they are not, even with their support of terrorism, they know well, don’t pissed of a Lion, or you will pay.

Nobody of them are as stupid to do chemical or biological or nuclear explosion on US or Russia, unless they really want to fight and do shock, after shock comes consequences.

Merci


38 posted on 05/26/2012 1:20:50 PM PDT by MCSP2008 (Romanian native > ESL)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Olog-hai.


39 posted on 05/26/2012 10:30:34 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: TigersEye
Lol

My High School offered Russian as one of the seven languages taught.

Had I known the commercial opportunities, well I would be in.

Instead: 4 years of Latin.

Face palm.

40 posted on 05/27/2012 8:43:48 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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