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Report: Iran Could Build Nuclear Bombs By Next Year

A report Monday said that Iran could produce enough uranium to build several nuclear weapons by 2014
By David Lev
First Publish: 1/15/2013, 2:43 AM

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran
The Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran
AFP/Mehr News/File

A report Monday said that Iran could produce enough uranium to build several nuclear weapons by 2014. The report, by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), said that based on current development, “Iran could reach critical capability in mid-2014.”

Iranian uranium production is already progressing towards development of nuclear grade material, and by 2014 Iran could have enough uranium for several bombs. According to the report, titled “U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East,” Iran will reach the point of building nuclear bombs unless the U.S. takes active steps to stop Tehran.

The report calls on President Barack H. Obama to make it clear to Iran that its behavior will not be tolerated. At the very least, the report says, the U.S. must impose “de facto international embargo on all investments in, and trade with, Iran” if Tehran does not cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency's inspection program.

The report also discussed the civil war in Syria, saying that if and when President Bashar al-Assad was ousted from power, the rulers that replace him must be held responsible for ridding Syria of chemical weapons. Otherwise, the report recommends, the West should continue its sanctions against Syria.