What Are the Implications of Iran's Uranium Enrichment
For several years, the world thought that Iran had stopped its uranium enrichment. However, Iran has openly stated that they have 3,000 centrifuges spinning at their nuclear facility Natanz. They are also in the process of putting 6,000 more centrifuges online in the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. If unchecked, the 3,000 centrifuges could produce enough fissile material for one nuclear weapon in one year. Operations would have to be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to make this possible�but it is possible. There is speculation that the centrifuges are not running as efficiently as they could be. This is good news for limiting the effectiveness of the uranium enrichment. This inefficiency means it will take then longer to produce their nuclear weapon, which is good for the rest of the world. It is also great news for the 10 U.S. missile defense installations that will be going into Poland, along with the radar station in the Czech Republic. These missile defense sites will be essential since they are specifically designed to destroy any ballistic missile threat to America and its allies in Europe that might come out of Iran.
Iran's desire is to have its uranium enrichment capacity up to 9,000 centrifuges, which would be capable of producing enough enriched uranium to make several nuclear weapons in one year's time. Their future plans are even worse. They eventually wish to have an industrial-sized uranium enrichment program, with as many as 54,000 centrifuges. This would allow them the ability to produce a nuclear arsenal with potentially hundreds of weapons.
Find out the complete details surrounding Iran's uranium enrichment program and why it is a worldwide threat in the article, Iran's further involvement in ballistic missile technology makes it clear what their intentions are with their nuclear weapons. The real question is not "if" Iran gets their nuclear weapons, but rather will the U.S. have missile defense installations completed and in place to destroy any missiles Iran may try to use.