Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Iran’s ‘Breakout’ Period: Only Two Months - Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said today that Iran’s current breakout period is only two months. The “breakout” time is defined as how long it would take the country to produce enough fissile material for one nuclear weapon.

“I think it’s public knowledge today that we’re operating with a time period for a so-called breakout of about two months,” Kerry said at a Senate hearing. (Reuters, 8 April)

Kerry made the comments in response to a question about whether P5+1 negotiators were aiming for a 6-12 month breakout period. Kerry declined to comment on the question, saying the talks are continuing.

P5+1 and Iran resumed their negotiations today in Vienna. The breakout time, which could be defined in terms of numbers and types of centrifuges in operation and the stockpile of the fissile material already produced, will be one of the tougher issues during the talks. To read our post on major issues during the negotiations, please click here.

At the end of the plenary session today, Iran's deputy foreign minister and senior negotiator Abbas Araqchi and his American counterpart Wendy Sherman met separately. Meanwhile, another Iranian negotiator, Takht Ravanchi, met with the British team. Next plenary session will be held on Wednesday at 08:30 local time.


Anonymous said...

Theyve been saying "If you dont stop Iran they will have the bomb in X number of Months/Years" for decades now. This piece in Salon has a very nice analysis of this.

funny thing is they said the same predictions about Iraq before they set their eyes on Iran

Anonymous said...

Because recent developments in the world's geopolitics, the Islamic Republic has 'gained' automatic 'stay' for its matters with the West, until the Ukrainian and Syrian's issues can be determined........

I suspect that in a case of an escalation and interventions in Syria or Russian population casualties in Ukraine, Russia may 'intervene' in the Eastern Ukraine ..........and it will not help those negotiations.

That situation means that, next extensions will be needed to continue negotiations over Iranian nuclear issue, and that translates for an additional extra time for the Iranian military, to prepare its better defenses.....

Former political prisoner and refugee,
(Not an U..'s altar boy)

Anonymous said...

That's right and what happened to Iraq will be happening to Iran soon

Anonymous said...

These cul de sac "talks" will go nowhere as time will prove again. After the humiliation in Ukraine the impotent US is just stalling for time. Iran should go nuclear and let the US and the Zionists sulk for a while as they have their hands full with Russia and Putin would certainly support Iranian position. Events in Ukraine have clearly shown that the only guarantee against US and Zionist hyenas is a good nuclear deterrence. DPRK is a classic example.

Anonymous said...

AnonymousApril 9, 2014 at 8:25 AM
You malcontents have been playing that same old tune forever,if the west is so keen to start a war,then how come it was willing to come to the negotiating table.The west has had two wars in the region that were disasters for it,do you really think they would be so stupid to start a third one against a regional power like iran,I dont think so