Iran poised for big nuke jump
February 18, 2012
Quoted: Olli Heinonen, Belfer Center senior fellow
Topic: Iran’s nuclear program
“Olli Heinonen, who retired last year as the IAEA’s chief Iran inspector, recently estimated that these machines, and two other cascades at Natanz can produce around 15 kilograms (more than 30 pounds) of 20-percent enriched uranium a month, using Iran’s tons of low-enriched uranium as feedstock.
The low and higher enriched uranium now being produced ‘provides the basic material needed to produce four to five nuclear weapons,’ Heinonen said.”
Heinonen was also quoted in “What Would Happen if Iran Had the Bomb?” in the Christian Science Monitor on February 16, 2012.