Strategically, its acquisition of nuclear weaponry and the building of missiles with which to deliver atomic warheads
is a survival strategy.
The UN has slapped three sets of sanctions on the Islamic Republic for refusing to halt uranium enrichment, the process by which fuel for nuclear power plants or, if refined to significantly higher levels, the core of an atomic warhead
In comments both to media and inside the closed board meeting, Jenkins focused on new revelations contained in a report drawn up for the board meeting by IAEA head Mohamed ElBaradei, including a finding showing the Iranians in possession of what appeared to be drawings of the core of an atomic warhead
The main target of the sanctions is Iran s uranium enrichment programme, which can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the fissile material for an atomic warhead
Despite fresh reports that IAEA o fficials have concluded that Iran has made significant progress with the design of an atomic warhead
, ElBaradei said: "We have no concrete information that Iran has an ongoing weapons programme.
Iran has repeatedly insisted that its nuclear programme is for meeting civilian energy needs rather than producing an atomic warhead
18 (ANI): Even as a secret IAEA report revealed that Iran is capable of making a nuclear bomb and is developing a missile system to carry an atomic warhead
, Iranian officials have reiterated claims that the Islamic nation's nuclear program is intended for peaceful purposes.
Their main objection is to Iran s uranium enrichment programme, which can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the fissile material for an atomic warhead
Senior officials at the UN nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead
, according to a confidential report seen by the Associated Press news agency.
Physicists estimate that producing the 25 kilogrammes or so of highly enriched or weapons-grade uranium to build an atomic warhead
requires between 1,000 and 1,700 kilogrammes of low-enriched or reactor-grade uranium.
Iran has repeatedly rejected calls for it to halt uranium enrichment, a process used to develop fuel for a nuclear reactor, but which call also be used to produce an atomic warhead
The West has repeatedly called on Iran to stop construction of the reactor, fearing it could be used as a second track toward building an atomic warhead
However, they didn't raise their voice in criticism when it was reported in late 2013 that Pakistan delivered nuclear weapons technology to Saudi Arabia, and they never condemned Israel for stockpiling between 200 and 400 atomic warheads
A "Niwc" - unrelated to atomic warheads
- still exists as a "penny" in Caernarfon.
Some Western countries suspect Iran of secretly trying to build an atomic bomb and fear the technology used to launch space rockets could be diverted into developing long-range ballistic missiles, potentially capable of carrying atomic warheads