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Monday, February 04, 2013

Iran's new centrifuges a game changer says expert

A non-proliferation expert at the US State Department says that Iran's plan to install new generation centrifuges in its Natanz nuclear facility is a potential game changer.
The brief note quoted Iran as saying new-generation IR2m “centrifuge machines ...will be used” to populate a new “unit” — a technical term for an assembly that can consist of as many as 3,132 centrifuges.
It gave no timeframe. A senior diplomat familiar with the issue said work had not started, adding that it would take weeks, if not months, to have the new machines running once technicians started putting them in. He demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to divulge confidential information.
Mark Fitzpatrick, a non-proliferation expert and former senior official at the U.S. State Department, described the planned upgrade as a potential “game-changer.”
“If thousands of the more efficient machines are introduced, the timeline for being able to produce a weapon’s worth of fissile material will significantly shorten,” said Fitzpatrick, of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
“This won’t change the several months it would take to make actual weapons out of the fissile material or the two years or more that it would take to be able to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, so there is no need to start beating the war drums,” he said. “But it will certainly escalate concerns.”
What could go wrong?

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At 5:35 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Are they Siemens centrifuges being put in? Generation IR2m - is that Siemens?

Anybody in Israel who has been participating in the Obama Green $lu$h train robbery (Pres. Peres, et al) should pay attention to the Green $lu$h bonus, plus the 20+ year access to a premier U.S. nuclear weapons development and management site that Siemens has been given by the Obama Green $lu$hies. I'd say that between Israeli govt/corporate people accepting $bils of your own Green $lu$h awards from the Obama Posse (and for what in return? That level of $$ is not "no-strings-attached" in the U.S. way of doing things), combined with people who could speak out and disengage from the Obama Green $lu$h buy-off... but are silent and going along? Looks like a suicide pact. But congratulation on the fun you'll have while it lasts.

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