Tuesday, March 10, 2009

U.S. intel heads: Iran lacks fuel for nuclear bomb

More hot and cold on Iran's alleged 'Hiroshalem' project. Snippet from Ha'aretz:

A top U.S. intelligence official says Iran does not have any highly enriched uranium, the fuel used to power a nuclear warhead.

The officials - Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Maples - also said recent Iranian missile tests were not directly related to its nuclear activities. They said the two programs were believed to be on separate development tracks.

Blair had been asked to clarify recent conflicting statements from defense officials on Iran's nuclear program.

"We assess now that Iran does not have any highly enriched uranium," Blair said. "We assess that Iran has not yet made that decision," to convert the low-enriched uranium it is making to the weapons-grade material.

Iran, IMHO, does not possess any HEU and may not have plans to make any either. See here and here.


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