March 30, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) - Having said that Iran could make a nuclear bomb in about a year if it wants to, a top U.S. general predicts it would still take longer than that to make the bomb usable.
Gen. James Cartwright says that, historically, it takes a country three to five years to make such a leap. Cartwright is the nation's second highest-ranking military officer.
The timeline he cited Wednesday could be shortened if Iran pursued ways to deliver a weapon at the same time as it worked to build a bomb.
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