Iran 6 Months Away from Nuclear Weapons?
Remember that National Intelligence Estimate saying that Iran had ended its nuclear weapons program years ago? It turns out that Iran is as little as six months away from nukes. And it’s not some neo-con warmonger saying thus but none other than International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, he said, “If Iran wants to turn to the production of nuclear weapons, it must leave the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty], expel the IAEA inspectors, and then it would need at least… six months to one year…”
Noah Shactman says we shouldn’t be surprised. Not only were reliable intelligence community dissenters — including those from the decidedly non-hawkish State Department — saying this when the NIE came out but the IAEA has been sending signals that Iran has become less cooperative for quite some time.