Thursday, September 17, 2009

Iran. Quite Likely Nuclear.

"The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog said his agency was in a "stalemate" with Iran as it faces a deadline to respond to an offer of nuclear talks or face more sanctions. Sept. 8" -- New York Times

"_ The IAEA's assessment that Iran worked on developing a chamber inside a ballistic missile capable of housing a warhead payload "that is quite likely to be nuclear."

_ That Iran engaged in "probable testing" of explosives commonly used to detonate a nuclear warhead _ a method known as a "full-scale hemispherical explosively driven shock system."

_ An assessment that Iran worked on developing a system "for initiating a hemispherical high explosive charge" of the kind used to help spark a nuclear blast.

In another key finding, an excerpt notes: "The agency ... assesses that Iran has sufficient information to be able to design and produce a workable implosion nuclear device (an atomic bomb) based on HEU (highly enriched uranium) as the fission fuel." -- Associated Press

Note: Saw that coming.

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