TEHRAN - Iran has the technology to build a nuclear bomb, which could take up to one year after the country's top ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gives the order, the Times of London reported.
According to the report, Iranian nuclear scientists completed the research in 2003, which is why the government agreed to stop its research.
"The main thing was the lack of fissile material, so it was best to slow it down," one source said. "We think that the leader himself decided back then after the good results," he said.
Once Khamenei gives the go-ahead, it will take six months to enrich enough uranium to produce a bomb and another six months to load it on the missile, according to Western intelligence sources quoted by the Times.
Iran's Defense Ministry has employed hundreds of scientists and technicians over a period of years to covertly develop its military nuclear program alongside its nuclear energy program.
According to the Times, the nuclear arms program, called Amad - meaning "supply" in Farsi - has been under the headship of Mohsin Fakhri Zadeh, a physicist and senior member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Council.
Amad, a "multipoint initiation system," uses a "series of explosive grooves on a metal hemisphere covering the uranium, which links explosives-filled holes opening onto a layer of high explosives enveloping the uranium."
"If the supreme leader takes the decision , we assess they have to enrich low-enriched uranium to highly enriched uranium at the Natanz plant, which could take six months, depending on how many centrifuges are operating. We don't know if the decision was made yet," he said.
Israel has long warned that the Iranians were not simply interested in developing nuclear energy for their citizens. One Israeli official told the Times that Iran has invested billions into its two nuclear programs - uranium and plutonium - over the past 30 years.
According to this source, Iran has enriched 1,010 kilograms of uranium to 3.9 percent, which is enough to produce 30 kilograms of highly enriched uranium at 95 percent, the amount needed to build a bomb.
Source: Ynet news