A military strike on Iran's nuclear facilities 'is unlikely' to delay the country's program, a prestigious American think tank says.
"Current knowledge of the (Iranian) complex is lacking," revealed a study published Friday by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS).
"Without that knowledge, an attack is unlikely to significantly delay Iran's mastery of enrichment with gas centrifuges."
The principal author of the report, the ISIS president and a former UN weapons inspector, David Albright claimed that any damage to Iran's nuclear program could be quickly repaired.
Iran manufactures key components of its nuclear program, making the country self-sufficient regarding the technology, Albright expounded.
While the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), is enriching uranium to 3 percent, a rate consistent with electricity generation, the West accuses the country of making efforts to build a nuclear bomb.
Although the White House claims to be committed to a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff, Washington and its ally Tel Aviv have threatened to strike Iran's nuclear sites should the country continue uranium enrichment.
Iran cites diplomacy as the only acceptable means for clarifying the nature of its nuclear program and ending the nuclear standoff. Tehran has, however, warned that Israel and 32 US bases in the region will be targeted should the country come under attack.
The ISIS study also cautions that an attack against Iranian sites will backfire by compelling the country to acquire nuclear weaponry, The Washington Post reported.
"An attack would likely leave Iran angry, more nationalistic, fed up with international inspectors and nonproliferation treaties," Albright said. "Iran would likely launch a 'crash' program to quickly obtain nuclear weapons."
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