Israel Ready to Go It Alone Against a Nuclear Iran
With the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, set to commence, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his stance that his country will move unilaterally, if necessary, to stop Iran from achieving nuclear weapon capability. Iran maintains that it is opposed to nuclear weaponry and only wants to advance energy and medical applications.
With threats of utter annihilation from Iran’s previous leader, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, still ringing in his ears, Netanyahu is unconvinced about Iran’s peaceful intentions. Israeli experts believe that Iran’s growing ability to enrich uranium has zoomed past the 20 percent barrier admitted by Tehran and may be close to the 90 percent enrichment level that is considered weapons grade.
550 pounds of raw uranium is needed to produce a single nuclear weapon. 90 percent of that amount must be enriched. Netanyahu believes that Iran may be within months or even weeks of reaching that level. Following a recent meeting of the Israeli Security Cabinet, information was released showing that Iran has increased the number of centrifuges capable of enrichment from 164 to more than 18,000 in recent years.
Netanyahu pointed out that “16 countries produce nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without even one centrifuge.” (Derek Dowell – VNN) (Image: Flickr | Gene Hunt)