Envoy: Iran ‘very near’ nuclear weapon

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran is "very near or in possession" of enough low-enriched uranium to produce a nuclear weapon, a U.S. envoy told the United Nations watchdog group.

"This ongoing enrichment activity, prohibited by three U.N. Security Council resolutions, moves Iran closer to a dangerous and destabilizing possible breakout capacity," the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Glyn Davies, said Wednesday at its board of governors meeting in Vienna.

Iran has said its nuclear program is strictly for generating electricity. Its low-enriched uranium would have to be further enriched to make it weapons grade.

"We have serious concerns that Iran is deliberately attempting, at a minimum, to preserve a nuclear weapons option," Davies said.
 

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