Nuclear Weapons and Iran
Are Nuclear Weapons Being Developed in Iran?
In July, 2008, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a report seriously questioning Iran's intentions with their developing nuclear program which it is believed now involves the production of a nuclear weapon. Iran is suspected of conducting high explosives testing. This testing includes using detonators and detonator firing units that could be used for a nuclear weapon. Iran is also accused of developing plans to detonate weapons underground, some of which might be nuclear weapons.
The IAEA reports that Iran has a document that shows the procedures necessary for machining highly enriched uranium metal into a hemispherical shape, which can be used in implosion-type nuclear weapon warheads. An identical document exists in Pakistan, making the IAEA wonder if there is a Pakistan-Iran connection.
Iran is also involved in the development of a new ballistic missile warhead as an add-on for their Shahab-3 missile. Iran has been modifying the payload area of the current Shahab-3 re-entry vehicle to accept a nuclear warhead.
Iran continues their uranium enrichment, which is necessary to produce a nuclear weapon. It is estimated that Iran's uranium enrichment plant in Natanz is using 3,000 or more centrifuges. If operating efficiently, this could be used to produce enough weapons-grade fissile material to build a bomb within 18 months.
For more on nuclear weapons and Iran, read the article . It is clear that Iran is working on their nuclear program very aggressively. It is also clear that they are engaged in activities which look like they are developing a nuclear weapon. One thing is quite clear and that is that if left unchecked, whatever Iran is producing will be revealed to the world in due time.