Won’t Have Bomb Before 2015
Israeli intelligence sources have told McClatchy's Sheera Frenkel that Iran has intentionally slowed its uranium enrichment program. Israeli military and political officials now think it's unrealistic that Iran could develop nuclear weapons before 2015.
“Previous assessments were built on a set of data that has since shifted,” an Israeli intelligence officer told McClatchy.
“We can't attribute the delays in Iran's nuclear program to accidents and sabotage alone,” the Israeli intelligence officer said. “There has not been the run towards a nuclear bomb that some people feared. There is a deliberate slowing on their end.” (McClatchy Newspapers, 28 January)
Meanwhile, McClatchy quoting Alex Fishman, military correspondent of Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, says that Israeli officials have notified the country’s allies in the West of the new calculations that Iran couldn’t possess nuclear weapons before 2015.
“Officials responsible for assessing the state of the Iranian nuclear program, both in the West and in the International Atomic Energy Agency, believe that while the Iranians have continued to pursue their nuclear program, they have been doing so cautiously and slowly, making sure not to cross the point of no return,” said Fishman. (Yediot Ahronot/McClatchy Newspapers)