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Netanyahu warned of Iran’s nukes capability in 2009
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. lawmakers nearly two years ago that Iran already had the capability to make a nuclear weapon, according to a U.S. diplomatic cable recently released.
The confidential Dec. 23, 2009, cable describes a meeting in Jerusalem between Mr. Netanyahu and a congressional delegation and notes his reply to a question on when Iran would acquire nuclear weapons.
“Netanyahu responded that Iran has the capability now to make one bomb or they could wait and make several bombs in a year or two,” says the cable, which was sent by the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv and released by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Iran’s nuclear program, which it claims is for peaceful purposes only, is widely believed to have suffered severe setbacks due to international sanctions, technical difficulties and the assassination of some of its top nuclear scientists.
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Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.
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