WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — An Iranian scientist claims that he and a team of other scientists are making progress and working “non-stop” on the Tehran regime’s nuclear program.
Speaking to The Times of Israel, the unidentified scientist said they have constructed nuclear testing facilities outside Tehran.
“More and more young graduates and people are brought in every day,” he was quoted as saying. “We have been working non-stop.”
The Iranian scientist believes they will be able to enrich uranium up to 60 percent by next year, but added there has been difficulty in the process.
“The experience and knowledge is there, but getting the right parts at times has been difficult,” he explained to The Times of Israel.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly claimed that its nuclear technology is only for peaceful purposes and that they are not building nuclear weapons.
Despite the progress made, experts still believe that Iran is a way’s off in developing a nuclear weapon.
“I still think that we are talking about several years … before Iran could develop a nuclear weapon and certainly before they could have a deliverable nuclear weapon,” Shannon Kile, head of the Nuclear Weapons Project of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told Reuters.
During his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Iran was getting closer to developing an atomic weapon.
“At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs,” Netanyahu said. “That’s by placing a clear red line on Iran’s nuclear program.”
The White House issued a statement saying that President Obama and Netanyahu are in “full agreement” about keeping Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.