Atomic inspectors have found that Iran possesses more enriched uranium than previously believed. In a New York Times story published Thursday, United Nations officials said the Iranians had underestimated their total amount by a third.
Senior officials speaking on condition of anonymity have confirmed -- for the first time -- that Tehren has amassed more than a ton of the material, enough uranium to make an atom bomb. This is the first time inspectors have analyzed Iran's capability since President Barack Obama took office -- and could become a significant development for America's young administration.
Both Iran and the U.S. have expressed interest in holding diplomatic meetings. Iran's nuclear potential would undoubtedly be a topic of discussion.
As would the concept of trust and full disclosure.
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The Times says: "In a report issued in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency said it had discovered an additional 460 pounds of low-enriched uranium, a third more than Iran had previously disclosed. The agency made the find during its annual physical inventory of nuclear materials at Iran’s sprawling desert enrichment plant at Natanz."
Independent nuclear weapons experts expressed surprise at the disclosure and criticized the atomic inspectors for making independent checks on Iran’s progress only once a year, according to the Times.
“It’s worse than we thought,” Gary Milhollin, director of the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, told the paper. “It’s alarming that the actual production was underreported by a third.”
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