• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • Iran’s Nuclear Efforts Are Accelerating

    Iran’s uranium enrichment program has increased its production rate by 17 percent in recent months and by 84 percent since 2009, according to a new study by the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center. Author Greg Jones projected that Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to fuel a nuclear weapon in about 62 days if it chose to do so.

    Jones based his estimate on data drawn from the May 24 report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which spelled out in greater detail than ever before the growing concerns that the U.N. nuclear agency harbors about Iran’s nuclear program and the fact that “Iran is not providing the necessary cooperation” to address these concerns.

    Under the leadership of Japanese diplomat Yukiya Amano, the IAEA has become more aggressive in pushing Tehran for answers, but it continues to be frustrated by the stonewalling tactics of Iran’s defiant government. The IAEA had long treated Iran with kid gloves under the questionable leadership of Mohamed ElBaradei, who exploited his office to posture against the United States and advance his own political ambitions. After leaving the IAEA in 2009, ElBaradei returned to Egypt, where he now is running as a candidate in Egypt’s presidential election later this year.

    Amano pressed Iran for greater cooperation on the nuclear issue in a May 6 letter, and he may order the IAEA to go ahead with a damning report on Iran’s weaponization efforts in the coming months. This would be a long-overdue change from ElBaradei’s foot-dragging and downplaying of Iran’s failure to abide by its nuclear safeguard commitments. But it may be too little, too late.

    Nuclear proliferation expert Gary Milhollin warned: “The Iranian strategy is to do as much as they can to get as close as they can to nuclear weapons capability without provoking a big response from the outside world. So far it’s been working pretty well. They’ve been stopping just short of provoking a military response.”

    For more Heritage Foundation publications on Iran’s growing threat, click here.

    Tags: IAEA, iran, middle east, Mohamed ElBaradei, nuclear proliferation, united nations

    Posted in International [slideshow_deploy]

    9 Responses to Iran’s Nuclear Efforts Are Accelerating

    1. Barbara says:

      No surprise. Iran says one things, does another – all under the deplomatic cloak of protocol and civility. From her own words Secretary of State Clinton stated the US would be more thoughtful and smarter in dealing with rouge nations such as Iran. Please, Secretary of State what are you doing about Irans nuclear intentions?

    2. Pingback: The Morning Links (6/7) | From the Desk of Lady Liberty

    3. Pingback: Morning Bell: Ten Questions for Leon Panetta | The Foundry

    4. Scott, Akron says:

      What are Clinton and Obama doing about Iran? They, and Israel, pretty much rendered their nuclear program impotent for the next few years with computer bugs. Phillips' article, unfortunately, makes absolutely no mention of it. Stuxnet was cheaper and more effective than going to war. See the following:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/8274009/Stu

    5. Pingback: Must Know Headlines — ExposeTheMedia.com

    6. Pingback: Iran’s Nuclear Efforts Are Accelerating | Pitts Report

    7. Pingback: Morning Bell: The Iranian Threat That Can’t Be Ignored | The Foundry

    8. Pingback: Morning Bell: The Iranian Threat That Can’t Be Ignored « The perpetual view's Blog

    9. Mike, CO says:

      @ Scott from Akron…How can you be so sure? I'm sure the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center considered Stuxnet in their recent findings.

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×