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Iran has enough uranium for 4 nuclear bombs

2012-02-21

Queen’s University Middle East expert Houchang Hassan-Yari is available to talk about today’s report from Israel intelligence that says Iran has 100 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 per cent, which is enough to produce four bombs.

Dr. Hassan-Yari, a fellow in the Centre for International and Defence Policy at Queen’s who is originally from Iran, says that Iran is a threat but they are still far away from be able to make a nuclear weapon.

“You need to enrich the uranium to 85-90 per cent, Now Iran is at 20 per cent. Can Iran build 4 bombs with this uranium? I don’t think so. They are not there yet,” says Dr. Hassan-Yari. “This highlights the need for Iran to be transparent with its nuclear program. The International Atomic Energy Agency needs to find out exactly what is going on in Iran.”

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