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Israel has a year to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme: ex-spy chief

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Israel has one year to destroy Iran’s nuclear programme or it faces the risk of coming under nuclear attack, the former head of its foreign intelligence agency said in an interview published Sunday.

Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Shabtai Shavit said the “worst-case scenario” was that Tehran would have a nuclear weapon within “somewhere around a year”.

“The time that is left to be ready is getting shorter all the time,” he was quoted as saying by the weekly.

“As an intelligence officer working with the worst-case scenario, I can tell you we should be prepared. We should do whatever necessary on the defensive side, on the offensive side, on the public opinion side for the West, in case sanctions don’t work. What’s left is a military action.”

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The chief of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards General Mohammad Ali Jafari warned Israel not to attack it, saying that the Jewish state was well within range of its missiles, according to a newspaper report Saturday.

Iran has defied UN sanctions and international demands by pressing ahead with its uranium enrichment programme, which both Washington and Israel fear will be used to build a nuclear weapon.

Tehran denies wanting the bomb, and says its nuclear ambitions extend only to generating electricity for a growing population.

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