Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Iran to Ship Its Stockpile of Enriched Uranium to Russia

As Part of Proposed Nuclear Deal
Iran has tentatively agreed to ship much of its stockpile of enriched uranium to Russia if it reaches a comprehensive nuclear accord with the West, the New York Times reported. The arrangement with Russia is potentially a major breakthrough in the talks, significantly increasing the odds for a nuclear agreement before the 24 November deadline.

Under the proposed agreement, the Russians would convert the uranium into specialized fuel rods for the Bushehr nuclear power plant, making it extremely difficult to be used in production of a nuclear weapon. The arrangement would also make it possible for the West to agree to a higher number of centrifuges in operation as part of the comprehensive deal, because Iran would have practically no pre-existing stockpile of enriched uranium to shorten its breakout capability. The number of centrifuges had become a major sticking point in the negotiations.


Anonymous said...

the present stockpile doesn't much matter if Iran continues to insist on running a couple of hundred thousand centrifuges.

Anonymous said...

Your reading of the situation is correct anon 2:39 PM... it comes back to what i said on another of author's post... Iran wishes to retain quick break-out capacity and have sanctions lifted at the same time...this was also confirmed by another commentator in one of his replies where he quite clearly reiterated my assertion of Iran being happy where it is right now, which is, maintaining its quick break-out capability. That guy said that Iran has this capability and West must accept this circumstance. Reality is that quick break-out capability is really same thing as already having a nuclear weapon since Iran could, from the moment it decides to go for a bomb, produce one in just four months. This is why Iran wants to increase number of centrifuges to 100,000...if attacked in the future...Iran can quickly assemble the right amount of Enriched Uranium needed for a nuclear weapon regardless of zero levels of pre-exisiting Enriched Uranium. As noted in the previous post which i mentioned here, Iran understandably want to easily dissuade any country from attacking it...just like North Koreans succeeded in doing by creating a nuclear weapon.

Anonymous said...

" quick break-out capability" is not the same as nukes on missiles sitting there and needing only to be armed and fueled up.

20% enriched uranium still has to be spun up to weapons-grade (90%) and that takes months..... and the US has already warned Iran that they are monitoring Iran's weapon development program and will meet an attempt to assemble nukes with action to prevent assembly.

as it would take the US ... at most...weeks to blow up all of Iran's sites.... it surely ain't the same as nukes ready to go in hours.