Iran rejected a plan that would have permitted it to use nuclear materials that were processed first in Russia. Iran wants to be able to process the materials itself. While it claims that its looking to develop a civilian nuclear capability, it would only require additional processing to obtain weapons-grade nuclear materials.
All the while, the IAEA agrees with Israel's assessment that Iran is only months away from obtaining the nuclear weapons capability.
IAEA chairman Muhammad ElBaradei on Monday confirmed Israel’s assessment that Iran is only a few months away from creating an atomic bomb.Yet the IAEA wants to continue diplomatic maneuverings to try and stop Iran's march towards the bomb. That's done a whole lot of good thus far, as every diplomatic move has resulted in giving Iran yet more time to process and develop the materials necessary for a nuclear weapon.
“If Teheran indeed resumes its uranium enrichment in other plants, as threatened, it will take it only several months to produce a bomb,” ElBaradei told The Independent, according to Army Radio.
“On the other hand,” he warned, “any attempt to resolve the crisis by non-diplomatic means will open a Pandora’s box.”
An attempt to resolve the crisis by non-diplomatic means may be all that stops Iran from not only obtaining a bomb, but using it - perhaps on Iraq. Or Saudi Arabia. Or Israel. Or US forces. Or Europe, including Russia. The Iranians already have the missile technology to hit Europe, and it isn't a stretch that they wouldn't try to make the most of their new 'toy.'