Iran needs about 12 nuclear bombs (mixed in with missiles without nuclear warheads) to overload Israel’s missile defense system. As we are approaching the 11th hour, the Obama administration wants to relieve (and by several accounts already has relieved) sanctions on Iran.
“Netanyahu: Iran has enough low-grade uranium for 5 nuclear bombs,” The Jerusalem Post, November 19, 2013:
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu kept up his unrelenting lobbying against any interim deal with Iran when nuclear talks resume in Geneva this week, saying that Iran already has five bombs worth of lower enriched uranium.
Netanyahu’s comments came during an interview with Germany’s Bild newspaper, published on Tuesday. Government officials explained that this amount of uranium enriched at a lower level means that it would take relatively little effort – a matter of weeks – for the Islamic Republic to turn it into higher-grade uranium that would make up the fissile material needed for five nuclear bombs.
Netanyahu reiterated in the interview that Iran should be forced to dismantle its centrifuges and dismantle the plutonium rector being constructed at Arak.
“And if they refuse to do so, increase the sanctions,” he said. “Because the options are not a bad deal or war. There is a third option: Keep the pressure up, in fact increase the pressure.”
Netanyahu said he has made this argument to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country is one of the members of the P5+1 negotiating with Iran. Up until now, Germany has not been swayed by the arguments.
The negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 will continue on Wednesday, the same day that Netanyahu will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow to argue against what he is saying at every opportunity is a “bad agreement.”
- “Iran unveils attack drone that can reach Israel,” November 18, 2013
- “Op-Ed: Can Israel Survive Obama?” November 15, 2013
- “Obama secretly began lifting sanctions on Iran months ago,” November 8, 2013
- “Iranian TV airs computer-generated video of missile strike on Tel Aviv and Dimona,” November 7, 2103