Damien McElroy writes in today’s Telegraph that VERTIC’s noted that one can make one nuclear weapon out of 20 kilograms of 19.7 per cent enriched uranium hexafluoride gas. That’s not quite the case. In fact, you would need closer to 180 kilograms of 19.7 per cent enriched gas to achieve one significant quantity of weapons grade uranium metal.
What is true, however, is that most separative work has already been invested into the medium-enriched product. It is relatively simple to further enrich medium enriched material into weapons grade.
It is also an overstatement to write that VERTIC has ‘privileged access’ to the IAEA. We have no more access to the IAEA than any other accredited organization, and are not privy to any restricted documentation.