Iranian uranium fuel disks 311.
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Iran’s uranium enrichment program is again operating at full speed, following
reports that the country’s enrichment capabilities were severely damaged by a
malicious computer worm during the past few months, Reuters reported on
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In November 2010, Teheran suspended uranium enrichment at the
Natanz nuclear facility and officials in the country’s atomic agency admitted
that computer malfunctions were damaging to the country’s
Last week, International Atomic Energy Agency
Director-General Yukiya Amano said enrichment was now “continuing
Late last month, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar
Soltanieh, said during a news conference in Moscow that the West should abandon
its confrontational attitude toward Teheran and should accept the fact that Iran
will continue enriching uranium even if its nuclear facilities are
“No sanction resolution, threat, virus, or even military strike
can prevent Iran from enriching uranium,” Soltanieh was quoted as
Iran is currently enriching uranium to a low level, but it is
estimated the country has enough low enriched uranium it can enrich to a high
grade to manufacture at least two atomic bombs.
Several reports have said
that Stuxnet, the computer worm that wreaked havoc with the computers
controlling Iran’s centrifuges, was developed by Israel, perhaps in cooperation
with another country.
On Monday, an Israeli expert said that Teheran’s
recent launch of new satellites may indicate the country has mastered the craft
of building ballistic missiles with a range and accuracy acceptable for carrying
a nuclear warhead.
If the Iranians succeed in sending satellites into
space, the same missile technology could be applied for military purposes, Tal
Inbar, head of the Space Research Center at Israel’s Fisher Institute for Air
and Space Strategic Studies in Herzliya, told The Jerusalem Post
seeing a major breakthrough for the Iranians,” Inbar said. “They are currently
working on nine different satellites. They are thorough and demonstrate
“If they are good at launching satellites, they can
also launch missiles for military purposes,” he said.
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