Iran's nuclear weapons fuel production capability

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European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton of the UK arrives in Baghdad, Iraq, on May 23, 2012 in Iraq. Representatives from the P5+1 group of nations are meeting to hold talks aimed at persuading Iran to suspend its nuclear program.

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  • Agreement to halt enrichment would have limited impact on #Iran’s ability to quickly produce uranium for one nuclear warhead

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  • in a worst-case dash scenario, Iran could get to 90 percent weapons-grade #uranium at Fordow in about 42 days

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  • Any outcome shy of removing all nuclear material will allow #Iran the ability to get nuclear weapons fuel in short order

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Iran could offer to halt production of 20 percent enriched uranium in upcoming negotiations. This “concession” would have limited impact on Iran’s ability to quickly produce weapons-grade uranium for one nuclear warhead, however. Iran would still retain the ability to resume 20 percent enrichment and to produce weapons-grade uranium at a time of its choosing. 

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