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June 21, 2012 9:00 am

Report: Iran May Have Material for Nuclear Weapon in 4 months

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Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili. Photo: Press TV.

U.S. officials believe Iran will be able to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within four months, according to a report by French news agency AFP on Wednesday. The report says that despite setbacks from cyberattacks like the Stuxnet attack in 2009, Iran has quickened its pace of uranium enrichment.

High-level nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers in Moscow also fizzled on Tuesday. Speaking to the Washington Post on Wednesday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak expressed doubts that the current round of negotiations would convince the Iranians to give up their nuclear weapons program.

“We hope that we’ll wake up and there will be an agreement to end the Iranian nuclear weapons program,” he said. “But we are too realistic. Sanctions are working better than in the past; diplomacy is more determined. But if I have to ask myself whether this will convince the ayatollahs to sit around the table and decide that the time has come to put an end to the military nuclear program, I don’t think that’s the case.”

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