- Feb 2007
Well, there is certainly a lot of infrastructure that needs to be in place, especially when utilizing less advanced, early design centrifuges, when any country starts enriching unenriched uranium, mainly because of the large quantity of material that needs to be processed.There are so many problems with this article and your assertions I hardly know where to begin.
First of all, WHY would anyone believe what Bibi Netanyahu says about anything, but particularly and more specifically about Iran? Bibi is as big a liar as Trump and it was Bibi who gave Trump his marching orders about getting OUT of the Iranian deal. So Trump DID...and now he and Bibi are genuinely surprised that Iran is suddenly doing what it wants regarding radioactive materials? What did they expect would happen?
Second, anyone who is under the impression that nuclear components can just be packed up in boxes-- and moved to other locations is batty as hell. This isn't like packing a suitcase, for Pete's sake.
Iranian labs and factories contain millions of valves, machines, storage tanks, mixing vats, pumps, compressors, voltage regulators, pressure sensors and fuel rods, as well as miles of piping and tons of deadly materials, including the radioactive kind. The job of inspecting is so daunting that the agency’s inspectors frequently describe themselves as buried.
Third, this isn't 1980. Inspections today involved high-tech surveillance--in real-time, including laser sensors, smart cameras and encrypted networks that let the inspectors closely monitor Iran’s nuclear infrastructure.
AND last, WHY SHOULD Iran continue to follow rules set by the International Atomic Energy Agency when other countries like the U.S. have backed out? The minute--the second Trump renigged on the agreement--it was over--no matter how many other countries stayed and hoped for the best. Everyone KNEW what Iran would do--eventually. AND THEY DID and somehow RW Americans are surprised?
However, this said, that infrastructure can be significantly scaled down once enough low and especially medium enriched uranium is stockpiled because most of the material processing work has already been done by those enrichment stages. Also, if Iran were to utilize centrifuges of their most advance design, of which they recently publicly stated they are currently investigating doing, just a small fraction of infrastructure is needed when compared with when they utilize their current active early design centrifuges, even when they begin with entirely unenriched feedstock.
(Indeed, I suspect that one of the factors in the decision-making of the Obama administration when they decided to try to make a deal with Iran is that Iran already had a significant quantity of low and medium enriched material to work with on-hand, as well as working designs of more advanced centrifuges...all of which would mean that, if Iran had decided to breakout and produce missile-ready nuclear weapons, they could potentially do that with very little infrastructure that would be much easier to keep hidden from prying eyes.)