Iran Nuclear NewsIran 'one or two years' from nuclear weapon: Russian...

Iran ‘one or two years’ from nuclear weapon: Russian expert


ImageAFP: Iran could produce an atomic weapon in "one or two years," a Russian strategic arms control expert said Thursday, calling a nuclear-armed Tehran a "significant threat."

ImageMOSCOW (AFP) — Iran could produce an atomic weapon in "one or two years," a Russian strategic arms control expert said Thursday, calling a nuclear-armed Tehran a "significant threat."

"One can speak of one or two years," Vladimir Dvorkin, a retired general and veteran participant in US-Soviet disarmament talks in the 1970s and 1980s, told reporters when asked how close Iran was to having a nuclear weapon.

"In the technical sense, what may be holding them back is the lack of enough weapons-grade uranium," said Dvorkin, who today heads a strategic arms research centre at the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow.

"I consider this a significant threat," said Dvorkin, who stressed that he was voicing his personal views and not those of the Russian government.

"The threat is that Iran, which has effectively ignored all the resolutions and sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council, as a nuclear state would become untouchable, allowing it to broaden its support for terrorist organisations such as Hamas and Hezbollah," he said.

Officially, Russian diplomats have downplayed US and Israeli fears that Iran is on the verge of building an atomic weapon, while Moscow has resisted calls for tougher sanctions on Tehran for its disputed nuclear programme.

Russia has also been helping Iran build a civilian nuclear power plant even as Western governments have expressed concern that Tehran's uranium-enrichment programme is aimed at building material for a bomb.

Moscow has also however pointed out that Iran is geographically closer to Russia than to any Western country and has maintained that it is opposed to any effort by Tehran to obtain a nuclear weapons.

Iran denies that it is seeking nuclear weapons at all, saying its nuclear programme is strictly peaceful.

Dvorkin, who helped shape a series of US-Soviet arms control treaties in the 1970s and 1980s, now heads the Centre for International Security at the Institute for World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.

Latest news

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Water Shortage Crisis and the Destruction of Iran’s Water Resources

Iran is currently suffering from a number of dangerous natural disasters. One of the most worrying is the drying...

Must read

World powers still want Iran nuclear talks: Rice

AFP: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice insisted Thursday...

UN arms trade pact passes over objections by Iran, Syria

Bloomberg: The first international treaty regulating the $70 billion...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you