US Officials: Usable Iran Bomb Not Imminent

By: Anne Gearan AP Email
By: Anne Gearan AP Email

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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