U.S. tells Israel Iran at least a year from bomb


WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. officials reportedly said they have persuaded Israel that Iran is at least a year away from a nuclear weapon.

Troubles besetting Iran’s nuclear program mean that Iran has at least a year’s "dash" time, Gary Samore, a National Security Council official, told The New York Times.

The dash time refers to estimates of how long a concerted effort to convert low-grade uranium into weapons-grade material would take. Israel reportedly had believed that Iran might have a weapon by next March.

The Times quoted only U.S. officials as saying that their Israeli counterparts were reassured; Israeli officials were quoted as saying only that their assessments were "coming into line" with the U.S. analysis, but that they still had suspicions that Iran was maintaining a secret enrichment site.

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