While speaking to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, Undersecretary of Defense, Colin Kahl, suspiciously testified that Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to make a nuclear bomb in "about 12 days."
According to Kahl, Iran's enrichment capacity has risen sufficiently since the U.S. abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the "Iran nuclear deal" 5 years ago.
"Because Iran's nuclear progress since we left the JCPOA has been remarkable. Back in 2018, when the previous administration decided to leave the JCPOA it would have taken Iran about 12 months to produce one bomb's worth of fissile material. Now it would take about 12 days," Kahl testified.
"And so I think there is still the view that if you could resolve this issue diplomatically and put constraints back on their nuclear program, it is better than the other options. But right now, the JCPOA is on ice," he added.
Other top officials, however, doubt that Iran is stockpiling uranium enriched beyond 60 percent, which is well below weapons grade. The same officials also have expressed doubts about Iran's technical capabilities to build nuclear weapons.
It is a feat to get enough 90 percent enriched uranium to create a bomb, much less package it into a deliverable, operable weapon. Regardless of whether or not Iran was stockpiling enriched uranium, the country may lack the capabilities to produce a nuclear weapon.
Despite the confusion, Pentagon officials continue to maintain that the U.S. needs to enter another nuclear deal with Iran, rather than not having one in place.
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