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Liberman: Iran will have nukes in 5 years; that’s the ‘most conservative estimate’

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a press conference, presenting new reform on housing, at the Ministry of Finance offices in Jerusalem, on October 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a press conference, presenting new reform on housing, at the Ministry of Finance offices in Jerusalem, on October 31, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman predicts Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon within five years, even if a new nuclear agreement with world powers is reached.

“The most conservative estimate is that with an agreement, Iran will have nuclear [capability] within five years,” says Liberman. “Looking at the amount of enriched uranium it currently has… it’s enough for one nuclear bomb at least.”

He suggests Israel will be forced to act alone to thwart Iran from reaching this threshold.

“We must make a decision alone. The most conservative estimate is that it will take five years, at most, until Iran has nuclear capability,” he repeats.

Liberman makes the comments at a counter-terrorism conference in Herzliya.

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