Iran Producing Enriched Uranium 'Constantly'

By Jeffrey Goldberg

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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