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Ex-MI Head: Iran has Passed Red Line

"Iran has crossed Israel's new red line," Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin said Tuesday.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 4/23/2013, 1:35 PM

Iran's Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility
Iran's Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facility
AFP file

Former Military Intelligence head, Maj. Gen. (res.) Amos Yadlin, said Tuesday that "Iran has already crossed Israel's new 'red line'" regarding nuclear weapons development.

Yadlin, who is the Head of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS), said that in the summer, Iran will reach a distance of one or two months between a decision and a bomb." That is, it will be able to build a nuclear bomb within a month or two of deciding to do so.

"This is a breakthrough range that will make it very difficult to stop Iran, when it decides to have a bomb."

"Israel's new red line – a problematic definition in itself – enables Iran to build a wide nuclear infrastructure without crossing the line," he explained. "It enables other nuclear activities that are not included in the red line, and makes it possible to reach a bad agreement even without crossing the line that was set."

Yadlin said that without "a drastic change" in the pressures on Iran, it will keep on "buying time" and widening its nuclear program. For Iran to sign an agreement, he said, there has to be a price for not doing so.

Negotiations can succeed, he added, if the U.S. creates a credible military option. This will be achieved if the U.S. prepares for a surgical strike for stopping the nuclear program and makes clear that it will be able to deal with the escalation that will follow such a strike."