I read an article from the AP today about the negotiations with Iran. Can someone help me out? It seems like Iran currently has 10,000 centrifuges and this will allow them to “. . . amass enough material to make a bomb.” in two or three months. OK? fair enough. Now, it seems like the US is willing to allow them to reduce that number by 40%, or 6,000 centrifuges. That supposedly will mean it will take Iran 10 years to . . . – what? I guess amass enough material to make a bomb? What I’m having trouble with is why a reduction of 40% in production will result in a time extension of over 9 years.
But what other reasons could there be? Is it possible that the condensed material is stable only for a certain amount of time? Does it go “bad” and become un-usable for a bomb?
How many centrifuges did the US have in 1943 (or whatever, I’m not sure about the exact years) to make the bomb?