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Likud minister: Iran 1-2 years away from obtaining nuclear weapons

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz says Iran is not “weeks” away from the bomb.

“If they do everything to break out, it will be half a year; in terms of nuclear weapons, they are a year or two away,” Steinitz tells the Kan public broadcaster.

The Likud minister also says “Trump’s exit from the nuclear deal weakened Iran.”

Steinitz’s comments come after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that Iran was currently months away from being able to produce enough material to build a nuclear weapon. And, he said, that timeframe could be reduced to “a matter of weeks” if Tehran further violates restrictions it agreed to under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz speaks at a conference in Tel Aviv on February 27, 2019. (Flash90)
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