Defence minister Benny Gantz sounded the alarm over Iran’s nuclear stockpile at the UN security council, asking world leaders to take action.
Benny Gantz said that Iran was only about ten weeks away from getting weapons-grade materials needed for a nuclear weapon, and he added that it was now time for actions, words were not enough, and that it was time for strategic, economic and even military deeds.
Benny Gantz’s warning comes four months after Iran said it would start enriching uranium to 60 per cent purity, a key step on the path to 90 per cent enriched uranium that’s needed to make a bomb.
Shortly before Iran started increasing the purity of its uranium stockpile, analysts from the Arms Control Association concluded that its breakout time, the time it would take to produce enough material for one bomb, was twelve months.
Now, Benny Gantz believes the breakout time has been reduced to a little over two months. However, that doesn’t mean that Iran is ten weeks away from acquiring a fully-fledged nuclear bomb.
To build a weapon, Iran would have to encase the weapons-grade material in a nuclear core, mount the core on the top of a missile, and then acquire the technology to launch it, have it land accurately on a target, and discharge it.
While little is known for certain about Iran’s nuclear abilities, the regime isn’t thought to possess much of this technology, and some analysts believe it would take Iran two or three years just to produce a viable warhead, assuming they were able to work on it without outside interference.
David Albright, a former weapons inspector, previously said that Tehran could advance the process much faster, but still believes the regime is about two years away from having a viable nuke. Iran is also not thought to possess intercontinental ballistic missiles of the kind needed to launch a nuclear weapon at the West.
Analysis of its missile stockpile by the International Institute for Strategic Studies published in April estimates the country’s largest missiles have a range of about 1,200 miles.
That would enable the regime to fire a weapon as far as Ukraine, India, or Ethiopia, and would mean that Israel is undoubtedly within range.
Countries are in such turbulence, but what are they doing? Spending unlimited funds on nuclear weapons, and then everyone whines about climate change but spending ridiculous amounts of money on building weapons to destroy it, and if Iran can manage to build a bomb, will their government be fanatical enough to use it?
Or is this just false accusations again because the media and governments seem desperate to convince the world they need to attack Iran, and of course, we’ve heard all this absurdity before with governments telling us that they have weapons of mass destruction so that they can bomb villages of innocent people, and how many innocent children have been killed or maimed by these attacks?
The media have obviously been reading Tony Blair’s playbook, “Oh look, they’ve got weapons of mass destruction – I know, let’s have a war.”
Here we go again – is the threat real, or is it just war-mongering, and who do we really take notice of? And any country that thinks they can use a nuclear bomb against another country, will find out it’s the last thing they will ever do.