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Israel: Iran can build an Atomic bomb now

Posted in Uncategorized by fartashphoto on November 3, 2010

Israel’s military intelligence chief says Iran possesses enough enriched uranium to build one nuclear bomb and soon will have enough to produce a second.

Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin’s statement coincides with previous assessments from both the CIA and the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.

But any Israeli commentary on Tehran’s nuclear program is significant because Israel has not ruled out a military strike to try to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Yadlin spoke to parliament’s foreign affairs and defense committee Tuesday. His remarks were reported by meeting participants who spoke on condition of anonymity because the testimony was delivered behind closed doors.

The British Foreign Secretary William Hague also will hold top-level talks with Israeli officials on Iran’s nuclear programme during a three-day visit to the region, an Israeli newspaper said on Tuesday.

He was expected to hold in-depth talks with Israeli officials on Wednesday morning with the aim of assessing how effective sanctions against Tehran have been, the Haaretz daily reported, saying the talks were at Hague’s request.

Among those scheduled to attend the meeting are Meir Dagan, head of the Mossad spy agency, Shaul Horev, who heads Israel’s Atomic Energy Commission and Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor, the paper said.

The British Embassy declined to confirm the meeting, saying only that “Britain shares Israel’s concern about the threat posed by nuclear weapons in Iran’s hands and holds regular discussions about this issue.”

Israel, the United States, other western countries and few of regional countries believe Tehran’s nuclear programme is aimed at building an atomic arsenal.

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