Iran’s Potential Nuclear Capability Could Emerge in a Week, According to New Report

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) has raised the alarm on Iran’s nuclear program, upgrading its threat level to “Extreme Danger,” the highest of its six ratings for the first time. According to the report, Iran’s ‘breakout’ time has been zero since 2022, meaning Iran has enough highly enriched uranium (HEU) to directly fashion a nuclear explosive. The report also warns that Iran could further enrich its uranium to weapon-grade levels quickly. It states that Iran can produce enough weapon-grade enriched uranium for a nuclear weapon in a week, and could have enough for twelve weapons after five months. Additionally, Iran could develop a simple warhead delivered by ship or truck in about six months. The report also notes that Iran has been uncooperative with international nuclear inspectors, making it less likely that such activity would be noticed in time to prevent its success.