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Iran and their current nuclear situation

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff claimed that Iran has enough nuclear material to build an atomic bomb, The New York Times and Reuters reported.

The statement by Adm, Mike Mullen confirmed a report by the United Nations watchdog agency that found that Iran had a ton of low-enriched uranium.

This development adds to the cat-and-mouse game the U.S., and Iran have been playing for years.

Iran claims that the development of nuclear technology is strictly for energy purposes while the U.S., says that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon.

"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," said Mullen.

The New York Times reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency found on Feb. 19, that Iran had underestimated its uranium supply by a third.

Reports say that Iran only has a stockpile of low-enriched uranium, which isn't ready for making nuclear weapons.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed this by saying, "They're not close to a stockpile,"

Reuters reported that 1,010 kg of highly-enriched uranium is enough to make a bomb, so Iran still has a ways to go.

The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/02/washington/02military.html?_r=1&hp

Reuters: http://uk.reuters.com/article/usTopNews/idUKTRE5201Y920090301?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0