If Iran’s Program is Frozen, Why Is Their Nuclear Stockpile Growing?

The Obama administration is puzzled. They’re convinced that Iran is committed to a process of negotiations over its nuclear program that will forestall its efforts to build a bomb and begin a new period of détente between the Islamist regime and the West. Moreover, they’ve been preaching endlessly that the interim agreement signed in November 2013 “froze” the Iranian program in place. How then to explain the fact that, as the International Atomic Energy Agency has reported, the size of their stockpile of nuclear fuel has increased by more than 20 percent over the last 18 months while they were talking with the West and supposedly freezing their nuclear work in place? Washington isn’t offering any explanations, though some experts quoted in the New York Times hypothesize that the build up is the result of “technical problems” that have created a backlog of material that ought to be turned into fuel rods for reactors. Maybe it’s just that. However, another possible explanation may be more in line with everything we already know about the way Iran operates: Perhaps they’ve been just increasing their stockpile at a furious pace in order to get closer to their ultimate goal of producing a weapon.

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If Iran’s Program is Frozen, Why Is Their Nuclear Stockpile Growing?

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