Think tank: Iran using Israeli laser technology to enrich uranium; Israelis fear Iran weeks away from breakout
The Institute for Science and International Security says that Iran may be enriching uranium using Israeli laser technology
, an activity that it previously told the IAEA that it had ceased in 2003. And note the last paragraph of the story....
The institute says Iran is still developing laser technology for
enriching uranium. It notes accelerated construction at a site where
this type of enrichment was once performed, and mentions then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s 2010 statement that Iran had the ability to enrich uranium via laser isotope separation.
in part on images from commercial satellites, the institute notes the
expansion of the Lashkar Ab'ad facility, where laser-assisted enrichment
experiments have been done in the past. The facility was exposed in
2003 and later investigated by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
later announced that it had no intention of enriching uranium using
laser technology, and IAEA agents who visited the facility said laser
technology there was for civilian purposes. In February 2010,
Ahmadinejad said Iran would for the time being enrich uranium using
centrifuges rather than lasers, but the institute says the issue must be
investigated considering Iran’s record of false statements.
institute says Iran is taking steps to conceal the connection between
the Lashkar Ab’ad facility and other organizations involved in laser
technology, one of which has been subject to sanctions by the United
States and the European Union.
The method of enriching uranium by exposing its vapors to laser beams
was developed in Israel in 1969 by two young scientists: Prof. Menahem
Levin of Tel Aviv University and Prof. Yeshayahu Nebenzahl. The two
sought to patent the invention, but the state forbade them.
In any case, Israeli officials have said in recent weeks that the pace
of enrichment in the centrifuges that Iran is now building will let it
skip from 3.5-percent enrichment to above the 90 percent needed for a
nuclear bomb. The fear is that within weeks Iran will overcome the last
obstacle to building a bomb without Western intelligence knowing ahead
And Obama is doing nothing.... Unless he's holding Israel back.... What could go wrong?
Labels: Iranian nuclear threat, Israeli high tech, uranium enrichment