Friday, February 18, 2005

Iran to Complete Nuclear Fuel Cycle in 2005

Middle East Newsline:
Israel has determined that Iran would acquire the expertise to complete the nuclear fuel cycle by the end of 2005. Israeli officials said that despite the suspension of Iran's uranium enrichment program, Teheran continues to conduct research and other activities meant to acquire capabilities required to develop a nuclear bomb. The officials said Iran would achieve indigenous nuclear capability within 2005.

"The question is not if the Iranians will have a nuclear bomb in 2009, 10 or 11," Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said. "The main question is when are they going to have the knowledge to do it. We believe that in six months from today they will end all the tests and experiments they are doing to have that knowledge." ...