Iran wants to build 30 nuclear bombs a year, Israeli minister says

( Israeli International Relations and Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz warned that Iran is working non-stop on its nuclear technology to gain the capability to build as many as 30 nuclear bombs a year.

Click photo to download. Caption: Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

"The Iranians... have close to 200 kilos—190 kilos (418 pounds)—of 20 percent enriched uranium," Steinitz told reporters from the Foreign Press Association on Monday, according to AFP. "Once they have 250 kilos, this is enough to make the final rush to 90 percent," which is the level required to build a nuclear warhead, Steinitz said.

"It is a matter of weeks or maybe two months to jump from 20 percent to 90 percent with so many centrifuges,” he said, adding that the upcoming Iranian election will change nothing.

Steinitz said the Iranians wouldn't spend so much money and "suffer $70 billion of losses" due to international sanctions in one year to merely show that they can "spin some centrifuges." 

Posted on June 11, 2013 .