Israeli Intel: Iran Could Develop Nuclear Weapons Within Two Years
According to Israeli intelligence, Iran could obtain nuclear weapons within two years should it renege on the 2015 atomic deal by accelerating uranium enrichment. The information was released as ministers from nearly 80 countries are gathered in Poland for a United States-sponsored conference on peace and security in the Middle East. Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is attending the summit and, in conjunction with American and Arab officials, is expected to apply pressure on Western European powers to take a harder line on Tehran even as they move to unveil a so-called Special Purpose vehicle to allow continued non-dollar trade with the Islamic Republic with a view to circumventing U.S. sanctions. Netanyahu will meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the event to discuss the Iranian threat, foremost the regime’s ongoing attempts to establish permanent military infrastructure in Syria from which to launch attacks against the Jewish state. This comes amid U.S. reports that the White House has intensified a covert initiative to sabotage Tehran’s development of ballistic missiles, which can act as a delivery system for atomic warheads. The news follows two recent failures by Iran to launch satellites into orbit, an endeavor requiring technology applicable to inter-continental ballistic missiles that exit the Earth’s atmosphere during flight. American officials claim the secret program was created under former president George W. Bush and relies on unnamed suppliers to ship defective materials to Iran’s aerospace industry.