Iran Producing Enriched Uranium 'Constantly'

And now, back to our previously-scheduled crisis. Despite the assurances of various parties, including and especially Meir Dagan, the former chief of the Mossad, that Iran's nuclear timetable has slipped dramatically, the International Atomic Energy Agency, along with the Federation of American Scientists, sees Iran forging ahead in its uranium-enrichment program at a steady clip. This is from Lally Weymouth's interview with Yukia Amano, the director general of the IAEA:

How badly was Iran's centrifuge program affected by the [Stuxnet cyber] worm from 2009?

Iran is somehow producing uranium enriched to 3.5 percent and 20 percent. They are producing it steadily, constantly.

The amount of enriched uranium has not been affected?

The production is very steady.

Some say that from the moment Ayatollah [Ali] Khamenei gives the order to make the bomb it will take a year.

This is a question where we don't have much expertise. What we are doing is [tracking] how much enriched uranium they have.

President [Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad seems very determined to build a nuclear program.

I have the same impression.

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Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. He was previouslly a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

Goldberg's book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. He received the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism and the 2005 Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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