Sun, 01 Mar 2009 22:27:27 GMT
US Defense Secretary says that Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, contradicting recent comments made by a US military official.
“They’re not close to a stockpile, they’re not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time,” Robert Gates said Sunday on NBC.
This is while earlier in the day, head of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen in an interview with CNN had stated that Iran had enough fissile material to make a nuclear bomb. “We think they do, quite frankly.”
Mullen: Iran fissile fuel enough for nuke
Sun, 01 Mar 2009 17:53:54 GMT
US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen says Washington believes Iran has accumulated enough nuclear material to make an atom bomb.
Speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” program when Mullen was asked whether Iran has enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, he said, “We think they do, quite frankly.”
Iran denies the allegation that it is seeking to build a bomb and argues that the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) – to which it is a signatory – allows for a domestic, civilian nuclear industry.