Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back from the brink

Iran has drawn back from its ambition to build a nuclear weapon Ehud Barak, the Israeli defence minister, said but added thatthe respite is only temporary and Tehran will still have to be confronted.  Iran chose to use over a third of its medium-enriched uranium for civilian purposes. Tehran has amassed 189kg of uranium enriched to 20 per cent purity, a vital step towards weapons-grade material. In August, the country’s experts took 38 per cent of this stockpile and converted it into fuel rods for a civilian research reactor, thus putting off the moment when they would be able to make uranium of sufficient purity for a nuclear bomb.

Mr Barak insisted that Iran was still resolved to build nuclear weapons, predicting that success would trigger an arms race in the Middle East and “make any non-proliferation regime impossible.Saudi Arabia will turn nuclear within weeks – according to them. Turkey will turn nuclear in several years. The new Egypt will have to follow”

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