I just watched an interview on Fox News, America Live, just after the show started at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, with Lt. General Tom McInerney, who is retired from the Air Force. He currently is a member of the Iran Policy Committee, a private group that attempts to influence U.S. policy on Iran. In that interview on the topic of Iran, Mcinerney talked about the need for the U.S. to move military assets closer to Iran, including B-2 bombers with the “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” (often called the “bunker buster”). Then he said:
“And that can penetrate the 200 ft. overhang at Qom where they’re making the 90% enriched uranium.”
He said “ninety-percent”. Next, he repeated that same term, “ninety-percent,” as he explained that the Iranians now have enough enriched uranium to make 5 nuclear bombs. He then added: “They are probably doing that right now.”
On this latter point, he must have meant that Iran has enough 20% uranium to make 5 nukes, once it is purified to 90%. But then why did he say: “They are probably doing that right now.” Iran has admitted that it is continuing to purify uranium to 20%. The IAEA has verified that they are continuing to make uranium to 20%. There would be no need to say “probably” unless he were referring to something other than the purification to 20% — namely, further purification toward 90%.
As each day and week passes, it becomes ever more clear that Iran will purify uranium to 90% weapons grade, and will make at least several nuclear bombs. In my assessment of the situation, Iran has probably been enriching uranium to 90% for the past couple of months or so. Unless military action intervenes, Iran will complete two or more nuclear bombs this same calendar year, possibly by sometime this summer.