Friday, March 13, 2009

Iran Going Nuclear--Fast!

Israeli Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin

Israeli military intelligence chief: Iran has crossed technological threshold in drive for nuclear bomb

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin, head of Israeli military intelligence AMAN, confirmed at the weekly government session in Jerusalem Sunday, March 8, that Iran had crossed the technological threshold to a nuclear bomb capability and could decide at any time to go into production.

The Israeli intelligence chief said Iran continues to accumulate hundreds of kilos of low-grade enriched uranium and buying time with diplomacy with the West for consummating its military nuclear program.

Tehran TV disclosed Sunday that Iran had test fired a new long-range missile.

Yadlin's evaluation matched that of Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Chiefs of Staff, who said last week: "Iran likely has enough nuclear fuel stockpiled to make a bomb."

Yadlin warned that the Palestinian unity talks resuming in Cairo Tuesday, March 10, were a vehicle for Hamas to break out of international isolation.
posted at Debkafile on 08 Mar.'09
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DEBKAfile Special Report
March 10, 2009, 1:50 PM (GMT+02:00)

US intelligence chief Dennis Blair sounds alarm

In testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee, US intelligence chief Dennis Blair warned that it would be difficult to convince Iran to give up its quest for nuclear weapons by diplomatic means. By 2010, he estimated, Tehran would have enough fissile material for a weapon. More...

Washington experts: Iran has fissile material for 50 nuclear bombs
DEBKAfile Special Report
March 8, 2009, 11:29 AM (GMT+02:00)

On March 4, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy published a paper with two important disclosures:

Iran has enough fissile material available for making up to 50 nuclear bombs and Tehran can go from low enriched uranium to weapons-grade uranium in a relative brief period of time, perhaps a year or so.

Israeli officials, while evading action to curb a nuclear-armed Iran, now go about suggesting that the Jewish state can live in its shadow.

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