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In response to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s recent claims that Iran had enriched uranium to the 20% level required for medical isotopes at the Natanz enrichment facility, Gibbs declared:
“The Iranian nuclear program has undergone a series of problems throughout the year. We do not believe they have the capability to enrich to the degree to which they now say they are enriching.”
If that is the case, then how on God’s earth can the Iranians enrich uranium to the 90% level required for a nuclear bomb?
Natanz, where the alleged enrichment took place – or according to US officials, didn’t – is the site that Israel most threatens to bomb. The Jewish state claims that Iran is on the verge of producing a nuclear weapon. Or maybe not. Last June, Israel’s Mossad Chief Meir Dagan extended the date for when Iran could produce weapons grade uranium or have “breakout capacity” to 2014.
While the US media rallied to cover Ahmadinejad’s declaration on Thursday that Iran was now a “nuclear state,” Gibbs dismissed those assertions, responding that “Iran has made a series of statements that are far more political than they are. They’re based on politics, not on physics.”
So which is it? Is Iran working on a nuclear bomb or not? Let’s look at the evidence most recently cited by US officials. Read full article