The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Photo: Nanking2012 / WikiCommons.
– Iran’s ability to create missiles with nuclear warheads is currently more dependent on the “political will” of the country’s leadership than on closing technological gaps, according to the annual American intelligence community’s report presented to Congress on Wednesday.
“Tehran has made technical progress in a number of areas—including uranium enrichment, nuclear reactors, and ballistic missiles—from which it could draw if it decided to build missile-deliverable nuclear weapons,” National Intelligence Director James Clapper wrote in testimony submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“These technical advancements strengthen our assessment that Iran has the scientific, technical and industrial capacity to eventually produce nuclear weapons,” he added. “This makes the central issue its political will to do so.”
According to the report, Iran continued to develop its nuclear program during the year prior to signing the interim deal in Geneva with world powers. The Islamic Republic continued to install “additional centrifuges at [its] Fuel Enrichment Plant, developing advanced centrifuge designs and stockpiling more low-enriched uranium.”