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Iran set for 2014 nuclear capability: US think tank

Published on Jan 15, 2013 5:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Iran is on track to be able to produce material for at least one nuclear bomb by mid-2014 as sanctions hit its economy but fail to stop the atomic program, a United States (US) think tank said on Monday.

The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, called for tougher US economic sanctions against Iran and pressure on major trading partners to isolate Teheran.

The group looked at Iran's "critical capability," defined as the point at which the clerical regime will be able to produce enough weapons-grade uranium or separated plutonium to build one or more bombs before foreign detection.

"Based on the current trajectory of Iran's nuclear programme, we estimate that Iran could reach this critical capability in mid-2014," the think tank said in a report.

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