Iran passes dreaded 'point of no return'

Monday, March 09, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

For years the international community spoke of curbing Iran's nuclear program before the Islamic Republic passed the "point of no return."

Pointing to reports produced by US and UN officials recently, Israeli experts say that point of no return has now been passed, and still no one is taking firm measures to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, Military Intelligence chief Gen. Amos Yadlin said, "Iran has crossed the technological threshold," meaning it now possesses everything it needs to build a nuclear weapon.

"Iran is accumulating hundreds of kilograms of enriched uranium at a low level and hopes to utilize the dialogue with the West in order to gain time, which is required in order to achieve the capability to manufacture a nuclear bomb," said Yadlin.

That assessment corresponded to chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen's revelation in an interview with CNN this month that Iran has all the fissionable material it needs to build nuclear weapons.

Several days later, a survey authored by a number of top US experts and politicians warned that Iran is believed to now have enough uranium to build 50 nuclear warheads.

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