According to Radio Free Europe, that means Iran could refine uranium twice as fast — or faster — than it presently can.
Tehran insists its enrichment program is for peaceful energy purposes only. International thought holds to the idea Iran is aggressively seeking nuclear weapons.
Unverified reports of an explosion at Iran’s Fordow nuclear enrichment site surfaced three days ago.
Fordow, located near Qom, started producing uranium that was highly enriched — at 20 percent purity compared with the maximum 5 percent that’s needed for energy — in 2011, furthering suspicions of Iran’s drive for nuclear weapon development, Reuters reported.
Iran denied the explosion at Fordow.
“The false news of an explosion at Fordow is Western propaganda ahead of nuclear negotiations to influence their process and outcome,” said a state news report cited in Reuters.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
Cheryl Chumley is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times’ digital aggregation product, Times247. She’s also a 2008-2009 Robert Novak journalism fellow with The Phillips Foundation. She can be reached at email@example.com.
'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Sometimes life requires a paradigm twist.
Benghazi: The anatomy of a scandal
Vietnam Memorial adds four names
Cinco de Mayo on the Mall