Nuclear expert: ISIS' prediction on Iran getting nuclear bomb no to have any effect
Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 28 / Trend, S. Isayev
The report by the Institute for Science and International Security on Iran getting a nuclear bomb, will not have any effects, Professor of chemical engineering in Southern California University, Muhammad Sahimi told Trend.
Sahimi was commenting on a recent report by the Institute for Science and International Security claims Iran could produce enough weapons-grade uranium to build a nuclear bomb in as little as a month.
The report by the Institute for Science and International Security was based on the latest reports by Iran and the IAEA.
David Albright, president of the institute and a former inspector for the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, said the estimate means that Iran would have to eliminate more than half of its 19,000 centrifuges to extend the time it would take to build a bomb to six months.
In the report, Albright said negotiations with Iran should focus on so-called "breakout" times, or the time required to convert low-enriched uranium to weapons-grade.
Albright, who has testified before Congress, said the negotiators should try to find ways to lengthen the breakout times and shorten the time that inspectors could detect breakout.
The Obama administration has said Iran is probably a year away from having enough enriched uranium to make a bomb.
"David Albright of ISIS has issued such warnings for a long time, none of which has turned out to be correct," Mohammad Sahimi said.
"He considers the most extreme and the unlikeliest scenarios, and based on them makes predictions. I don't think his prediction will have any effect."
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.
It should be noted that Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi will provide International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Yukiya Amano with a new approach on settlement of the nuclear issue, at a meeting in Vienna.
The above mentioned October 28 meeting the sides will discuss the obscure sides of the issue and unresolved points related to the nuclear program.
Iran and P5+1 will also hold talks at the expert level in Vienna on October 30 and 31. For this meeting Iran has additionally included experts from the Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Industry, Mining and Trade, Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, the Central Bank and the Atomic Energy Organization into its delegation.