Iran’s Critical Capability in 2014: Verifiably Stopping Iran from Increasing the Number and Quality of its Centrifuges

Abstract

Iran is expected to achieve a critical capability in mid-2014, which is defined as the technical capability to produce sufficient weapon-grade uranium from its safeguarded stocks of low enriched uranium for a nuclear explosive, without being detected. Iran would achieve this capability principally by implementing its existing, firm plans to install thousands more IR-1 centrifuges, and perhaps a few thousand IR-2m centrifuges, at its declared Natanz and Fordow centrifuge sites. Iran’s criticality date could be achieved a few months earlier, if Iran successfully deploys and operates several thousand advanced centrifuges and continues installing thousands of IR-1 centrifuges. A priority is preventing Iran from achieving a critical capability through sanctions, increased frequency of international inspections, and negotiations.

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@inproceedings{Walrond2013IransCC, title={Iran’s Critical Capability in 2014: Verifiably Stopping Iran from Increasing the Number and Quality of its Centrifuges}, author={Christina Walrond}, year={2013} }