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Iran Could Have Nuclear Weapons Within a Year, Says Expert
Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/12 | Elad Benari

Posted on 08/02/2012 4:18:40 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

Dr. Ephraim Asculai, senior research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies, said on Thursday that he doubts the sanctions being imposed on Iran will lead its leaders to give up the country's nuclear weapons program. He predicted that Iran could have nuclear weapons within a year.

Dr. Asculai told Arutz Sheva that the sanctions imposed so far on Iran, whether by the UN Security Council or by the United States and other Western countries, have yet to have a real effect.

“We still do not see that the Iranians are willing to be flexible on critical matters, even though the West is willing to accept flexibility,” he said, adding that the Iranian stubbornness is motivated by its desire to produce nuclear weapons quickly.

Asculai also mentioned the Iranian national pride, saying, “Conceding to the West without getting something in return is out of the question for them. He added that in light of these two parameters “the sanctions are not severe enough.”

He also added that Iran’s ability to withstand the sanctions depends quite a bit on the internal politics in the country.

“While Iran's economy depends on oil exports, as a huge country it has other capabilities as well. It produces food, etc. The question is how much the people are willing to suffer,” said Asculai, adding that with the religious rule in Iran it is doubtful the Iranian people will succeed in revolting.

As for the Iranian nuclear capability, Asculai predicted that the Iranians could produce a nuclear bomb within a year.

“Today they can achieve nuclear weapons,” he said. “They have all the skills and materials required. The question is how fast they can do it and how many bombs they can produce.”

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KEYWORDS: expert; iran; nuclear; year
The experts who cried wolf. ZZZZZZ
1 posted on 08/02/2012 4:18:49 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

When the first city disappears in a mushroom cloud from an Iranian nuke, let’s hope that those who have been standing around and doing absolutely nothing to stop them are sitting at ground zer0.

2 posted on 08/02/2012 4:47:06 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty ("Get that evil, foreign, muslim, usurping bastard out of MY White House!" FUBO GTFO!)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

With all my heart I hope that “ANOTHER” nuclear exchange in that region will never materialize and hopefully the Jews will see to it that there will be no repeat of such an event but just in case it does it certainly would not be the first time for this to happen as the last nuclear exchange in that region took place on the Sinai Peninsular approximately 4000 years ago or 2024 BC and found its way in to history books as the event which became known as Sodom and Gomorrah. (Isn’t it amazing how history attempts to repeat itself?) .

The winds carry the radioactive cloud to Sumer. People die a terrible death , animals perish, the water is poisoned, the soil become barren. Sumer and it’s great civilization lie prostrate. Its legacy passes to Abraham’s son he begets-at age 100 - a legitimate heir: Isaac

And by the way, the remaining scars from this first nuclear exchange in that region can still be seen from a satellite photograph.

The question remains will mankind learns from its mistakes or are we condemned to repeat them until we learn from history.

3 posted on 08/02/2012 9:24:53 PM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: Eleutheria5
There is also speculation that Iran has up to seven tactical nukes right now. They were made from weapons obtained during the break up of the former Soviet Union. The weapons were dismantled and remade according to Pakistani and North Korean designs.
4 posted on 08/03/2012 5:12:02 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: 2001convSVT

I don’t believe it. Where are the mushroom clouds?

5 posted on 08/03/2012 8:00:24 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

No need to test a U235 gun bomb.

6 posted on 08/03/2012 8:37:16 AM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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