Iran able to develop nukes next year: Israeli official
This does not bode well for the world. The crazy Mullahs in Iran with nukes. If true, this will be a sad day in the world, because Isreael and Iran will nuke each other to kingdom come.
JERUSALEM, Sept. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- If not obstructed in its pursuit of atomic programs, Tehran will be able to develop nuclear weapons by early next year, local newspaper Ha'aretz quoted Israeli military intelligence chief as saying Monday. "If the processes continue as we are currently seeing them, the coming half year will determine whether Iran will achieve in spring 2005 an unconventional capability in the sphere of nuclear research and development," Aharon Ze'evi-Farkash was quoted as saying in a Sunday speech to the Israeli-Jordanian Chamber of Commerce. "That is to say, it will no longer require external aid to reach an unconventional capability," the official added. However, "this does not mean that it will have a bomb in 2005. It means that it will have all the means at its disposal to build a bomb," he said. Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces Moshe Ya'alon said Sunday that Iran's attempt to achieve nuclear weapons is not only a challenge to Israel but also to the Western world, and its attempt to obtain unconventional weapons spells disaster for the stability of the Middle East. The United States has accused the Islamic republic of pursuing nuclear programs secretly for years, a charge repeatedly denied by Tehran. Instead, Iran claims that its nuclear ambitions are of a pure civilian nature. Iran is now trying to take its nuclear issue off the meeting agenda of the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors, which kicked off Monday in its headquarters in Vienna. Enditem