Skip to comments.British Spymaster Says Iran Is 2 Years From Nuclear Bomb Capability
Posted on 07/13/2012 7:46:05 AM PDT by moonshot925
In an unusually public forum, the head of Britains foreign intelligence agency, MI6, has forecast that Iran would likely achieve a nuclear weapons capability within two years, a British newspaper reported Friday.
The newspaper, The Daily Telegraph, quoted Sir John Sawers, once the ranking British diplomat on the Iranian nuclear issue and now head of the Secret Intelligence Service, as making the disclosure last week to a gathering of around 100 high-ranking civil servants.
The reported remarks play into a highly contentious debate over Irans intentions and capabilities, in which estimates have varied widely.
American intelligence agencies have cited a 2007 assessment stating that Iran, in fact, suspended research on nuclear weapons technology in 2003 and had not decided to take the final steps needed to build a bomb.
But Britain and Israel in particular, have interpreted the same data to mean that a decision has been made to move to a nuclear weapons capability. For its part, Iran has frequently said it has no intention of building such weapons.
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But it will take Iran much longer to build sophisticated fusion weapons like we have.
It will also be difficult foe Iran to miniaturize a nuclear warhead and develop a reentry vehicle for a ballistic missile.
depends on how much help they are getting. It doesn’t sound like they are getting much help. I thought Russia was helping them I guess just in making the buildings?
I wish these experts would make up their minds. They said a year ago that Iran was within months of having the bomb.
Some Russian scientists are helping Iran with their nuclear program but no assistance building facilities.
The Iranians are building a 40MW heavy-water reactor in Arak in violation United Nations Security Council resolution 1737. It was 65% complete at the end of 2009.
The reactor will be capable of producing 9kg of plutonium annually, enough for 1.5 nuclear weapons per year.
Yeah. I remember an article I read in 2006 that said Iran would have the bomb by 2008. LOL.
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They are Persian muslims; therefore, there WILL be deception.
I think they already have a few nukes. They just want to have more before launching an attack.
If a crude nuke goes off in a cargo container in NYC or DC, who do we blame? How do we know whom to retaliate against?
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Can’t anyone give a consistent estimate? Every time I turn around, some f@#$-wit has a new estimate of how long it will take A’jad to go nuclear.