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As Iran Nears Uranium Breakout Capacity, US Mulls Bomb-Making Scenarios

Iran says its nuclear activities are for civilian use and denies seeking nuclear weapons.
As Iran Nears Uranium Breakout Capacity, US Mulls Bomb-Making Scenarios
FILE – Centrifuge machines are seen in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, Nov. 5, 2019. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP)

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With the United States warning that Iran is just weeks from developing the capacity to make a nuclear weapon, there is disagreement among Washington experts on the likelihood of Iran rushing to build such a weapon, and how the U.S. and its allies should deal with that risk.

“[Iran] is getting to the point where its breakout time, the time it would take to produce fissile material for a bomb, is getting down to a matter of a few weeks,” said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a virtual event Monday.

The U.S. and Iran have been negotiating indirectly since last April to see if they can secure a mutual return to compliance with a 2015 deal in which Tehran promised to curb nuclear activities that could be weaponized in return for sanctions relief from the U.S. and other world powers.

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