Iran now enough material for a nuclear weapon
On Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff confirmed a report from the United Nations that Iran has accumulated enough fissile material to build a nuclear weapons.
“We think they do, quite frankly,” Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman for the Joint Chiefs said. “And Iran having a nuclear weapon, I've believed for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world.”
According to an Associated Press article, experts disagree if Iran has enough nuclear material to both create a weapon and also further refine the material. They also disagree on how long it would take for the country to complete the weapon’s construction.
“We are concerned they are getting close,” State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood said to the AP.
However U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was not as concerned when he was quoted in a New York Times article on Sunday.
"They're not close to a stockpile," Gates said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "They're not close to a weapon at this point. And so there is some time.”