The United States believes Iran has stockpiled enough nuclear fuel to make a bomb,US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said on Sunday.
We think they do,quite frankly, Mullen said on CNNs State of the Union program when asked whether Iran has enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. And Iran having nuclear weapons,Ive believed for a long time,is a very very bad outcome for the region and for the world, Mullen said.
A watchdog report issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency two weeks ago said Iran had built up a stockpile of nuclear fuel.
The US suspects Iran of trying to use its nuclear program to build an atomic bomb,but Tehran insists it is for the generation of electricity. Enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear weapons.
US President Barack Obamas administration,which favours diplomatic engagement with Tehran to defuse the dispute over its nuclear intentions,called Irans nuclear program an urgent problem the international community must address.
The IAEA report showed an increase in Irans reported stockpile of low-enriched uranium (LEU) since November to 1,010 kg enough,some physicists say,for possible conversion into high-enriched uranium for one bomb.
The IAEA later said Iran was cooperating well with UN nuclear inspectors to help ensure it does not again understate the amount of uranium it has enriched,suggesting the uranium accounting shortfall might not have been deliberate evasion.