London, Aug.3 (ANI): Iran is awaiting orders from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first nuclear bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.
According to sources, Iran completed its research program to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003, and now claims that once it receives orders from Khamenei, it could feasibly make a bomb within a year of it.
A US National Intelligence Estimate said two years ago that Iran had ended its nuclear arms research programme in 2003 because of the threat from the American invasion of Iraq. But now intelligence sources have told The Times that Tehran had halted the research because it had acquired a way to detonate a warhead on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.
Should Ayatollah Khamenei approve the building of a nuclear device, it would take six months to enrich enough uranium and another six months to assemble the warhead. (ANI)