According to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press, Iranian scientists have reportedly run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than three times the force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. The graph was leaked, on the condition of anonymity, by a country critical of Iran's nuclear program to bolster the country's arguments that the program must be stopped before Iran produces a weapon. Last year, the International Atomic Energy Agency also reported that it had obtained diagrams indicating that Iran was calculating the "nuclear explosive field" of potential weapons. A senior diplomat confirmed that the graph obtained by AP is one of those cited in the IAEA report. David Albright of the Institute for Science and International Security said the document appears to be authentic, but seems more designed to "understand the process" than as part of a blueprint of a weapon being manufactured. Iran's IAEA delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh said he has not heard of such a project.
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