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    Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, uses a diagram of a bomb to describe Iran's nuclear program while delivering his address to the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting September 27, 2012 at the United Nations in New York.

    Is Tehran on the Path to a Nuclear Weapon in 2017 Despite Obama's Iran Deal?

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    Iran would be able to increase their uranium enrichment capacity at the Natanz facility by twenty-fold and possess the capability to produce a nuclear weapon within months if they decide to violate their deal with Washington.

    The nuclear accord signed between the United States and Iran last year has once again sparked controversy with President Obama claiming last week that "Israeli defense officials are behind [it]… and now recognize the efficacy of the accord" while asserting that the Iranians "no longer have short term breakout capacity that would allow them to develop nuclear weapons."

    Israel immediately fired back saying that the deal was akin to Europe’s 1938 capitulation to the Nazis at Munich and argued that the deal had "no value" because the "facts on the ground are opposite to the ones the agreement is based on."

    The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) signed by Iran in Vienna along with US, China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany carries with it a number of loopholes that, along with the Obama administration’s overly simplistic calculation of Tehran’s nuclear capability timeline and allegations that Iran has incrementally exceeded the quotas mandated by the agreement, increase the possibility that the regime of Ayatollah Ali Khamanei may slow-walk towards a nuclear bomb before the US realizes it.

    The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, recently pointed to the primary loophole in the Iran nuclear deal notably that if any party violates the agreement, Tehran can once again begin enriching uranium at Natanz within 45 days at an even higher capacity that prior to the signing of the agreement — the deputy to the influential Iranian politician suggested twenty-fold.

    Israeli intelligence website Debkafile claims that Iran concealed from the International Atomic Energy Agency "entire clusters of second-generation IR-2m centrifuges" that can dramatically shorten the timeline for developing weapons grade uranium although the evidence to this point remains scant.

    However, it is known that Tehran stored 15,420 dismantled centrifuges from the Natanz facility enabling Iran to restart its nascent nuclear program without a major reconstruction with the top Iranian atomic energy official claiming that they could restart enrichment within 45 days.

    Finally, the US calculation of the timeline for Iran to develop a nuclear weapons was predicated solely on the quantity of low-grade enriched uranium (LEU) left with Iran for further refinement to weapons-grade level without an appropriate accounting of the regime’s centrifuge storage or the possibility that Tehran would increase uranium enrichment capacity beyond the level prior to the agreement.

    The remaining Iranian capabilities open the possibility, albeit not the likelihood, that Iran’s nuclear breakthrough potential could see Tehran in the possession of a nuclear bomb before the end of 2017.

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    • avatar
      cast235
      Where are the facilities. A NUKE build in a garage? REALLY? Israel just wants to keep it's happy GENOCIDE and justify it at U.N.
      They want to divert attention. Time Russia make U.S pay for this atrocities it patronage.
    • avatar
      karlof1
      Lets remind ourselves that the Supreme Shite Leader issued a Fatwa declaring nuclear weapons an abomination and against everything Islam stands for, something NO OTHER LEADER HAS EVER DONE!!!! The IAEA found ZERO evidence of a weapons program, whereas the Outlaw US Empire is in violation of the NPT for its abetting the Zionists's illegal nuclear weapons development.
    • avatar
      terryjohnodgers
      Iran provides training, weaponry and money to Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Iran is the sworn enemy to the West, but specifically singles out Israel and the United States. Putin knows this yet does not condemn it. Putin also knows that Iran with Obama's blessing and connivance, is very close to developing its own nuclear arsenal yet keeps quiet about this development.

      I ask, why?
    • Agus Nizami
      People cannot limit other people's technology. If US, Europe, China, India, Israel, even Pakistan can make nuclear bomb, how can you expect Iran will not be able to make one? Iran was a great Persian Empire that can only be matched by the Roman Empire. One of the Super Power country on those day. It's silly try to forbade Iran from making nuclear bomb while Israel has 200 nuclear bombs.
    • avatar
      Negro Boy
      Bukhari (50:369) - Recounts the murder of a poet, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, at Muhammad's insistence. The men who volunteered for the assassination used dishonesty to gain Ka'b's trust, pretending that they had turned against Muhammad. This drew the victim out of his fortress, whereupon he was brutally slaughtered.

      From Islamic Law:

      Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746 - 8.2) - "Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (N:i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory... it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression...

      "One should compare the bad consequences entailed by lying to those entailed by telling the truth, and if the consequences of telling the truth are more damaging, one is entitled to lie."
    • Agus Nizami
      Yes. Iran is hiding 1,000,000 nuclear bombs in the moon. Right now the missiles is on the way to USA.
      USA should attack Iran now.

      It's for the zionist master that contril CIA and US president!
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