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The Iranian Countdown Continues

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran has 4,000 working nuclear centrifuges, an official said in remarks published on Friday, in line with a number verified by the IAEA, but lower than a figure cited by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. See the Reuters article about it here.

Iran says it is installing centrifuges to enrich uranium so it can make fuel for nuclear power plants. But the West accuses Tehran of seeking to master technology so it can enrich uranium to much higher levels for use in nuclear warheads.

The JPC and a supporting cast of analysts have identified many of Iran’s weaknesses, ranging from the Iranian opposition and a vulnerable oil sector to divestment and a response from the the Sunni Arab world.

These options have failed to date. Iran continues to push toward nuclearization. Is conflict inevitable?