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US Think Tank: Iran's Uranium Stockpile under IAEA's Constant Surveillance.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- A US Think Tank rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that Iran has pave 90 percent of the way for acquiring a nuclear bomb, and said Iran's enriched uranium stockpile is under the constant inspection of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The Belfer Center of American Harvard University in an article by Graham Allison wrote that an oversimplified cartoon by Netanyahu displayed two weeks ago at the UN has become a target of ridicule.

It pointed out that in the debate sparked by Netanyahu, several issues need to be separated and examined individually, each on its own merits.

Where then should a clear red line be drawn? At the UN, Netanyahu drew that line at one bomb's worth of 20% enriched uranium. He claimed that once Iran has this amount, it could break out in a dash to complete enrichment and construct a bomb.

That argument is not persuasive, because Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is currently under surveillance by IAEA inspectors, the think tank said.

Iran says that it is enriching to the 20% level to produce fuel for its research reactor. It is right because in fact research reactors require 20% enriched fuel, it said.

Consistent with Iran's story, over the past year, it has diverted about half of its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium for fabrication into fuel for its research reactor, the think tank concluded.

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Date:Oct 13, 2012
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