Fresh reports on Iran’s nuclear capability contradict National Intelligence Estimate
Thursday, Nov 20, 2008
Texas Congressman Ron Paul has warned that any strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities undertaken by the Israeli air force will take place with the explicit backing of the U.S. government.
Speaking to Press TV, Iran’s state backed news agency, the Congressman warned that unilateral Israeli action would be an impossibility.
“No matter what they do, it is our money, it is our weapons, and they are not going to do it without us approving it,” Paul commented.
The Congressman’s warning comes in light of a report in the New York Times by nuclear physicist Richard Garwin that suggests Iran has produced nearly enough nuclear material to create one atomic bomb.
The report contradicts last year’s National Intelligence Estimate which stated that Iran halted work toward a nuclear weapon under international scrutiny in 2003 and is unlikely to be able to produce enough enriched uranium for a bomb until 2010 to 2015.
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has called on the world to join Israel in putting a stop to Iran’s nuclear program.
“Iran has not terminated its pursuit of nuclear weapons,” Olmert told a gathering of North American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. “Iran cannot become nuclear. Israel cannot afford it…the free world must not accept it. We must all do whatever we can to prevent it.”
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has said the US and Europe should set aside their differences with China and Russia and help Israel put up a united front against Iran.
Israeli Air Force Commander General Ido Nehushtan has said that his forces are ready to follow any order to thwart Iran’s nuclear programs.