You have heard the good news, bad news jokes. For example, the doctor announces that he had good news and bad news for his patient, and then asked him which he would prefer to hear first. The patient stated, “Tell me the bad news.” The doctor revealed that he was going to have to remove both feet from his patient in order to save him. Shocked and now depressed, the patient asked, “Well, what is the good news?” His surgeon smiled and declared, “A patient down the hall wants your shoes.” Iran
As bad as that joke is, the “joke” regarding Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapons is far worse. There is a bad news, good news scenario with it; but it is more like bad news, more bad news, more bad news, good news. Here is why.
The bad news for the world is this: The U.N. nuclear agency is very concerned about Iran’s progress toward nuclear weapons. The agency knows that Iran has been doing experimental work on the development of nuclear weapons. In particular, the terrorist regime has been developing warheads to deliver nuclear payloads. In addition, Iran is deploying second generation centrifuges, which will produce nuclear fuel at three times the rate as before.
But wait, there is even more bad news in connection with Iran and nukes: Iran is moving its nuclear fuel production to a heavily-defended facility. The facility is an underground facility, outside of Qum, where it will be less vulnerable to attack. Fereydoon Abbasi, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, declared that the Persian nation would produce fuel in much larger quantities than needed for producing medical isotopes, the excuse provided previously for the level of enriched uranium the Iranians would produce. Of course, there is no question in the mind of any national leader today that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons. This move seems to indicate that the Iranians are getting close to achieving their nuclear goal. After all, the move is to protect its significant progress so that it does not risk losing its gain in the last phase of nuclear development. Thus, the move to this heavily-defended facility indicates that Iran is closing in on nuclear capability.
As if that were not enough bad news, there is even more: Fereydoon Abbasi, the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, announced that Iran is about to move from 20 percent enriched uranium to 60 percent, which is the last step before the 90 percent enrichment for weapons-grade fuel. At this point, Iran has already stocked 4,500 kilograms of low-enriched uranium, which would be enough for four nuclear weapons after further enrichment.
This brings even more bad news: Iran could produce highly enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in 62 days! This is due to the progress Iran has been steadily making toward nuclear capability, and their rate of enrichment is now double what it was in 2009.