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Obama: Iran Needs at Least a Year to Build a Nuke

March 14, 2013

It would take Iran "over a year or so" to develop a nuclear weapon, "but we don't want to cut it too close," President Barack Obama said in remarks broadcast Thursday on Israel television.

Speaking to Channel 2 television ahead of his upcoming visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories, the president continued to refuse to rule out a US military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"When I say that all options are on the table, all options are on the table," he told interviewer Yonit Levi, pointing out that the US had "significant military capabilities."

He said that a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear weapons drive would be "a more lasting solution."

The US goal, he stressed, is that "Iran will not have weapons that threaten Israel or lead to an arms race in the region."

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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