The United States reportedly believes Iran is at least 10 years from building a nuclear bomb. The Washington Post quoted three U.S. sources Tuesday as saying that a new analysis, known as the National Intelligence Estimate, voiced uncertainty over whether Iran definitely seeks nuclear arms. Should Iran decide to go nuclear, according to the report, it would take it about 10 years to attain independent nuclear capabilities. On Monday, a senior Israeli military officer told the Jerusalem Post that Iran would have the means to produce its own nuclear weapons at some point between 2008 and 2012.
August 3, 2005