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IAEA’s New Information Shows Iranian Work on Nuclear Weapons Technology

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The UN atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has received new and significant intelligence over the past month indicating that Iran is closer than ever to having the ability to build a nuclear weapon, The Associated Press (AP) reported, citing diplomatic sources.

The diplomatic sources say the intelligence, gathered from the U.S., Israel and at least two other Western countries, shows that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models that it ran sometime within the past three years.

Nuclear experts state that computer modeling is a key component of an advanced weapons program. “You want to have a theoretical understanding of the working of a nuclear weapon that is then related to the experiments you do on the various components,” said David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security, a frequent source for the U.S. government on Iran.

The computer models “typically assess how high explosives compress fissile warhead material, setting off the chain reaction that results in a nuclear explosion,” the AP report said.

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Such computer-run modeling is “critical to the development of a nuclear weapon,” Albright added.

The AP’s report notes that new information regarding Iran’s atempts to build a nuclear weapon, “is likely to strengthen” the hands of those in Israel advocating for a strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, if diplomatic efforts run their course.

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