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Former Israeli military intelligence chief: Iran could build nuclear bomb in as little as 4 months

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

A former Israeli military intelligence chief said Monday that Iran could potentially build a nuclear bomb in as little as 4 months.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the comments by Amos Yadlin, who also noted that Western diplomacy could significantly delay that time frame:

Former Israeli Military Intelligence chief Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Monday that Iran could potentially build a nuclear bomb within four to six months, passing the “red line” set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the spring or summer of 2013.

When asked what Iran’s “breakthrough capabilities” might be – meaning between when it decides to create a nuclear bomb and when it would actually be in possession of the weapon – Yadlin said: “Today, the breakthrough capability is between four and six months.” He also said that Iran has in recent years already completed all of the necessary components that would enable it to create a nuclear bomb.

A diplomatic agreement between Western powers and Iran could significantly delay that period of time to up to two years, he added. Yadlin said that Iran had already slowed its pace of nuclear progress in 2012, when it converted some of its enriched uranium into fuel rods.

Yadlin’s comments come on the heels of a report last week that Israeli intelligence officials had pushed back the timetable where they believe Iran could build a nuclear weapon to 2015.

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