November 5, 2013 - CISAC In the News
Converting an enrichment plant into nuclear weapons facility
Ivanka Barzashka, a physicist and CISAC affiliate, explains in this article how a country converts a civilian enrichment plant into a nuclear weapons material facility.
Barzashka, a research associate at the Center for Science and Security Studies at King's College in London, says the ability to produce weapons material has been widely used as a proxy measure for a country's nuclear weapons potential. But she notes that most estimates of a country's time to a bomb are typically not predcitions of when it will actually produce one.
Iran, for example, has been one to five years away from a bomb since 1985.