1. BOMBSHELL

    Iran on the Brink of Nuclear Weapons

    In this photo released by the semi-official Iranian Mehr News Agency, Iranian revolutionary Guards personnel, foreground, watch the launch of a Zelzal missile during military maneuvers outside the city of Qom, Iran, Tuesday, June 28, 2011. A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander claimed on Tuesday that his country has the ability to produce even longer range missiles than those currently in its arsenal. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Raouf Mohseni)

    Raouf Mohseni, Mehr News Agency / AP Photo

    The International Atomic Energy Agency has a bombshell report on the state of Iran’s nuclear program: the nation is on the brink of nuclear capability. The Washington Post reports that secret intelligence given to U.N. nuclear officials shows that Iran has the ability to create atomic weapons, having mastered the “critical steps” involved in the process. The revealing documents reportedly present evidence that a Soviet scientist helped teach Iran about detonation reactions, and experts in Pakistan and North Korea also tutored the nation over the years. Officials believe that Iran didn't stop its program in 2003. Instead, money for research was funneled through seemingly innocuous civilian institutions. While Israel continues to flirt with the idea of attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities, the U.S. maintains that Iran has the skills to create a bomb quickly—but that doesn’t mean it has already done so.

    Read it at Washington Post