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IDF Intelligence Chief Gen. Amos Yadlin: 'Our Latest Estimate Is That Iran Will Acquire Nuclear Weapons Option By 2010'

Prof. Irwin Cotler: 'Iranian President Ahmadinejad's Genocidal Threats To Israel Reminiscent Of Nazi Germany & In Violation Of U.N. Charter'

Maj.Gen. Amos Yadlin

IDF Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen Amos Yadlin has said that Iran may acquire a nuclear weapons option by 2010. In a closed door briefing to the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, the intelligence chief reported that the Iranians had run into some 'technological problems' in uranium enrichment while, with the help of North Korea, they are developing new missiles with a range of up to 3,500 kilometers. Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian Justice Minister and McGill Law professor, told IsraCast that Iranian President Ahmadinejad's threats 'to wipe Israel off the map' are in flagrant violation of the U.N. charter and something should be done about it.

'Barring unforeseen hitches, Iran may acquire a nuclear weapons capability in 2010' - that's the assessment of IDF intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Amos Yadlin. This is a slight change from the previous Israeli assessment that Iran might pass the nuclear point of no return by 2009. At the same time, the Iranians were running into some hitches with uranium enrichment program a vital component of the nuclear program.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad

The intelligence chief went on to say the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate that found that Iran had frozen its weaponization unit in 2003 had 'taken the wind out of the sails' of the international campaign of sanctions against Tehran. Moreover, the Russians had jumped on the NIE to immediately ship uranium rods to Iran's nuclear reactor at Bushehr which was now operational under the monitoring of Russia and the International Atomic Agency. However, Gen. Yadlin added that despite this international supervision the Iranians would gain nuclear expertise they could transfer to their clandestine weapons program. There was some consolation in that the latest IAEA report could not verify that the Iranians had stopped their weaponization activity. This Gen. Yadlin said had left an opening for renewed diplomatic efforts against Iran (Likud Knesset Member has also said that during recent Israeli - U.S. strategic discussions, several Congressmen made clear they gave little credence to the NIE's findings on Iran's freezing of nuclear weaponization. As Steinitz put it: 'The NIE affair was now be behind us').

In committee, Gen. Yadlin said after the NIE, Israeli experts had gone back to the drawing board but had found 'no dramatic differences' with the American intelligence assessment. Both American and Israeli intelligence were on the same page when it came to Iran's nuclear enrichment and missile programs which comprised two of the three components of the nuclear weapons program. There was only a different interpretation about the weaponization aspect that Israeli experts say is less complex. Gen. Yadlin also revealed that North Korea was aiding Iran in the development of the BM-25 missile with a range of up to 3,500 kilometers. The bottom line is that IDF intelligence is convinced that Iran is still duping the world by moving at full tilt on its nuclear weapons project while openly calling for Israel's destruction.

Mr. Irwin Cotler

In Jerusalem, Canadian Member of Parliament Irwin Cotler, a former Canadian Minister of Justice and McGill law professor, spoke out against the Iranian threat of genocide to the Jewish state. Cotler told IsraCast that Iranian President Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders have repeatedly violated both the U.N. Charter and international law and that something should be done about it.

David Essing

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