Iran’s Nuclear ‘Breakout Time’ Has Shrunk to 3-4 Months, Biden’s Top Diplomat Pick Says

FILE PHOTO: Antony J. Blinken. Alex Edelman/REUTERS

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) – The time it would take Iran to make enough fissile material for a single nuclear weapon has fallen to three or four months from over a year under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice to be the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday.

“The breakout time – the time it would take Iran to produce enough fissile material for one weapon – has gone from beyond a year, as it was under the JCPOA, to about three or four months, based at least on public reporting,” Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken told lawmakers, referring to the pact, whose formal name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.


(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Franklin Paul and Grant McCool)


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