Top US military officer Admiral Mike Mullen pictured in New York City, November 2008. Iran has enough fissile material to build a nuclear bomb, Admiral Mullen said on Sunday, marking the first time the United States has made such an assessment
The top U.S. military official said Sunday that Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon, declaring it would be a “very, very bad outcome” should Tehran move forward with a bomb.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered the assessment when questioned in a broadcast interview about a recent report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog on the state of Iran’s uranium enrichment program, which can create nuclear fuel and may be sufficiently advanced to produce the core of warheads.
Mullen was asked if Iran now had enough fissile material to make a bomb. He responded, “We think they do, quite frankly. And Iran having a nuclear weapon I’ve believed for a long time is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world.”
The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has processed the 2,222 pounds (1,010 kilograms) of low-enriched uranium. But the report left unclear whether Iran is now capable, even if it wanted, of further processing that material into a sufficient quantity of highly enriched uranium to arm one weapon.
Blocked by Russia and China, the United States and Europe have fiddled the past two years while the centrifuges at Natanz spun.
Next, Iran will throw out the IAEA inspectors and formally announce that their secret nuclear weapons program has created a weapon to protect itself from Israel.
What will the Obama Administration and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton do?
Talk to the Iranian Mullahs and sue for peace?
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