Iran may be as little as six months away from completing the know-how to build a nuclear bomb, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said on Monday.
"The question is not if they are going to hold that bomb in 2009 or 2010 or 2011, the question is when they will have the full knowledge," Shalom told a meeting of U.S. Jewish community leaders in New York.
"According to our people, security and intelligence, they are very, very close. It may be only six months before they will have that full knowledge."
The authoritative, independent International Institute for Strategic Studies said this month Tehran is at least five years away from producing enough fissile material for a single bomb, and that 15 years was a more likely time frame.
Shalom did not say when he expected Iran to have the material to make a bomb.
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
IRAN WAR ABOUT SIX MONTHS AWAY
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