IRAN COULD ACHIEVE NUKE CAPABILITY IN 2006
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WASHINGTON [MENL] -- Iran has acquired sufficient technology and equipment
to produce nuclear weapons, a report said.
A report published by the U.S. Army War College asserted that Iran has
virtually completed the nuclear fuel cycle and was ready to assemble
weapons. The report, financed by the Defense Department, said Iran could
reach nuclear weapons capability as early as 2006.
"The truth is that Iran soon can and will get a bomb option," the report,
entitled "Getting Ready for a Nuclear-Ready Iran," said. "All Iranian
engineers need is a bit more time: 1 to 4 years at most."
The report, released in late 2005, differed significantly from CIA and State
Department estimates on Iran's nuclear program. The U.S. intelligence
community has assessed that Iran would need another decade to produce
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