Iran will be able to develop enough weapons-grade material for a nuclear bomb and there is little that can be done to prevent it, an internal European Union document has concluded.
In an admission of the international communityâ€™s failure to hold back Iranâ€™s nuclear ambitions, the document â€“ compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief â€“ says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure. â€œAttempts to engage the Iranian administration in a negotiating process have not so far succeeded,â€ it states.
The downbeat conclusions of the â€œreflection paperâ€ â€“ seen by the Financial Times â€“ are certain to be seized on by advocates of military action, who fear that Iran will be able to produce enough fissile material for a bomb over the next two to three years. Tehran insists its purposes are purely peaceful.
â€œAt some stage we must expect that Iran will acquire the capacity to enrich uranium on the scale required for a weapons programme,â€ says the paper, dated February 7 and circulated to the EUâ€™s 27 national governments ahead of a foreign ministers meeting yesterday.
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