Iran has enough uranium ‘to build a nuclear bomb’

The International Atomic Energy Agency said that Iran now has amassed a stockpile totaling one ton of uranium which could easily be made into weapons-grade material with further purification.

In their first assessment of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme since Barack Obama became US president, atomic inspectors disclosed that Tehran’s leaders understated by a third how much uranium they had at their disposal.

In total Iran has stockpiled 2,227 pounds of low-enriched uranium at its Natanz nuclear plant but that was 460 pounds more than the Iranian government had previously disclosed.

The news is likely to cause a new flurry of concern in Israel, where politicians have expressed determination to prevent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has vowed to wipe their nation off the face of the earth, from getting his finger on the nuclear trigger.