Iran has crossed the nuclear red line, says former military intelligence chief Yadlin

( Former Israel Defense Forces military intelligence chief Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin believes that Iran has crossed the “red line” for nuclear enrichment established by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late last year.

Former Israel Defense Forces military intelligence chief Amos Yadlin, who on Tuesday said Iran has crossed the nuclear red line. Credit: R.D. Ward.

“Despite all of the attempts made to stop the nuclear program, no one is able to stop the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program,” Yadlin said Tuesday at a Tel Aviv conference for the Institute for National Security Studies, which he heads, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Yadlin later clarified that if Iran continues its present path, it will definitively cross the red line later this year.

“If Iran continues to enrich uranium at its current rate, toward the end of the year it will cross the red line in a clear manner,” he said.

Netanyahu has defined that his red line for Iran would be the possession of 250kg of uranium enriched past the 20 percent mark. The International Atomic Energy Agency  said in a report in February that Iran already possesses 167 kg of highly enriched uranium. 

Meanwhile, Iran is also in the process of upgrading its main uranium enrichment facilities, in defiance of the international community. Technicians in Iran are installing new high-tech machines to replace the more than 12,000 older and more inefficient ones. The technicians have tripled installation of the machines in the past three months to 600, the Associated Press reported.

Posted on April 24, 2013 .