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Iran Crosses Nuclear Threshold

John on March 8, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Following up on Admiral Mullen’s statement last Sunday, Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin, a member of Israeli military intelligence said today:

Iran has “crossed the technological threshold,” and its attainment of nuclear military capability is now a matter of “incorporating the goal of producing an atomic bomb into its strategy,”

“Iran is continuing to amass hundreds of kilograms of low-enriched uranium, and it hopes to exploit the dialogue with the West and Washington to advance toward the production of an atomic bomb,” he said.

Yadlin said the Islamic republic hoped to use the expected dialogue with the Obama administration to buy time to procure the amount of high-enriched uranium needed to build a bomb.

Yadlin’s rather dramatic statement was not made in public, but was part of the security briefing he gave at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. One government official said that the point of releasing the information now seemed to be to impress upon the international community the urgency of the matter.

The time for a chat is over. If Obama wants to prevent a nuclear Iran, he’s going to have to do something beyond “tough, direct negotiations.”

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