Amid reports confirming that Iran lied about its nuclear program, a former UN inspector maintains Iran’s “breakout time” is now zero.
By United with Israel Staff
An ex-United Nations nuclear inspector recently claimed that Iran already possesses enough enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon.
The comments were made by David Albright, who worked for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the 1990s. According to Albright, Iran’s so-called breakout time is zero, which does not necessarily mean, however, that Iran could immediately build a nuclear weapon.
“Iran has reached this critical period where its breakout time is zero. And what that means is that now it has enough highly enriched uranium to fashion a nuclear weapon,” Albright told Iran International, an Iranian opposition media outlet. Albright currently serves as the president of a Washington-based private entity called the Institute for Science and International Security, which monitors nuclear weapons proliferation.
According to Albright, the amount of time it takes Iran to build a nuclear weapon depends on the specifications of the device Iran creates.
“They may choose to make a crude nuclear explosive to detonate underground, or to deliver it crudely or through crude methods like truck or ship. That could happen over the course of several months, less than six months,” said Albright.
The news broke a day after dozens of Israeli aircraft simulated airstrikes on long-range targets in a drill many thought mimicked an attack on Iran.
According to the IDF, the exercise “involved long-range flight, aerial refueling and striking distant targets.”
Iran remains Israel’s greatest threat and the Jewish state staunchly opposes the nuclear agreement the the Biden administration is trying to resurrect with the Islamic Republic.
On Tuesday, Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted a Google Drive link containing data he said proves that Iran spied on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to “evade nuclear probes.”
“Iran lied to the world, Iran is lying to the world again right now, and the world must make sure that Iran doesn’t get away scot-free,” said Bennett.