'Iran can build nuclear bomb today'

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

The international community's efforts to head off Iran before it could build a nuclear weapon have failed, said Gen. Yossi Baidatz, head of the research division of Israel's Military Intelligence.

In a briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee on Monday, Baidatz said that Iran now has all the technical capability to build a nuclear warhead, and has enriched over 1,800 kilograms of uranium, enough for at least one bomb.

Baidatz suggested that he believes the only reason Iran hasn't built a bomb yet is because it is focusing on upgrading its missile delivery systems. The Islamic Republic recently tested a new locally-produced ballistic missile that can reach all of Israel and much of Europe.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also addressed the committee and said that over the past year, "two things have happened: Iran has advanced its military nuclear program, and the international community has lost its legitimacy."

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