Iran has a stated goal of installing 3,000 nuclear enrichment centrifuges by early this summer, an important milestone, according to U.S. and European intelligence officials who fear the country could achieve the ability to produce a nuclear weapon within two years.
IAEA inspectors say Iran has begun to feed many of the installed centrifuges with uranium hexafluoride -- the gas that is used to produce enriched uranium.THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS
Iran's actions are in direct defiance of the U.N. Security Council, which two months ago unanimously adopted sanctions against a series of Iranian entities, including freezing the assets of one of its largest banks, Bank Sepah.
The U.N. has called on U.N. member states to exercise "vigilance and restraint" in the export of conventional arms to Iran. The resolution also expressly prohibits Iran from exporting arms to other countries.