Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tehran six months off nuclear arms ability: Israel

IRAN may be only six months away from acquiring the capability to produce nuclear weapons, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom has claimed.

The assessment, which he said was based on Israeli intelligence, differs from US intelligence assessments that Iran could not begin producing nuclear weapons for another decade.

"Our experts say they are very close to this (production) stage," Mr Shalom said. "They may need only another six months."

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