Iran’s Nuclear Program
Iran is on their way to enriching uranium and making a nuclear weapon capable of hitting America.
Making A Nuclear Weapon
Enriching and stockpiling uranium is widely seen as the biggest hurdle to nuclear weapons. And Iran is already there.
1. Build out a nuclear research and development program
Iran has built out the needed infrastructure for nuclear development and partial designs for a nuclear warhead.
2. Low-grade uranium ore is mined and chemically treated before being fed into centrifuges.
Iran is the world’s 12th largest miner of Uranium.
3. Centrifuges enrich uranium in a sophisticated cascading process.
Iran has around 20,000 basic – IR-1s and IR2ms –centrifuges.
4. Uranium is enriched to 5% purity.
Iran has a stockpile 12 times the total permitted under the JCPOA of uranium around 5%
5. Uranium is enriched from 20% to 90% for weapons-grade use.
In June 2021, the IAEA discovered Iran was enriching Uranium to 63% levels.
6. The weapons-grade uranium must be deployed into a missile with a fission reaction to detonate.
Iran has tested regional ballistic missiles and is currently developing an intercontinental missile.
Iran has gained years of experience operating nuclear-level advanced centrifuges in violation of the old deal. “The Iranian program has grown, become more sophisticated,” reports Rafael Grossi, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Firing A Nuclear Weapon
Iran has tested numerous regional ballistic missiles that are believed to be capable of carrying a nuclear payload. They are currently developing an intercontinental capable of hitting New York City with a nuclear weapon.
|Fajr-3||2,000 km||800 kg||Operational|
|Shahab-2||2,000 km||1,200 kg||Operational|
|Shahab-3||2,100 km||990 kg||Operational|
|Shahab-4||2,000 km||2,000 kg||Under Development|
|Khorramshahr||2,000 km||1,800 kg||Testing|