Iran’s decision to convert a third of its higher-enriched uranium into metal plates will make it more difficult for the Persian Gulf country to assemble an atomic weapon if it decides to to so, nuclear-security analysts say.
The Obama administration is leading a new push for negotiations on a global treaty halting production of nuclear bomb material, a move further aggravating tensions with Pakistan, which has blocked the start of talks.
The second global conference ever on nuclear material that has escaped state control is drawing President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Nuclear violators Iran and North Korea won’t be there.
President Barack Obama’s goal of Senate ratification for a treaty banning atomic weapons tests faces a key hurdle later this month, when a scientific panel will weigh in on whether the U.S. can verify the reliability of its nuclear stockpile without additional tests.