U.N. nuclear inspectors arrive in Tehran

July 11, 2007 at 4:51 PM
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TEHRAN, July 11 (UPI) -- The Israeli military said as U.N. inspectors arrived in Iran that the Islamic country may be able to produce nuclear weapons within six months.

The Israeli Forces Military Intelligence assessment, delivered to the country's Knesset Tuesday, said Iran may cross the technological threshold to produce nuclear weapons within 6-12 months and could develop an operational warhead by mid-2009, Arutz Sheva reported Wednesday.

Meanwhile, an International Atomic Energy Agency team arrived in Tehran Wednesday for talks with Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, and develop a plan to resolve Iran's dispute with the IAEA over its nuclear program, Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

Javad Vaeedi, the deputy secretary of the Supreme National Security Council for International Affairs in Iran, said the IAEA and Tehran are expected to formulate a plan within 60 days to resolve the conflict.

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said before the team traveled to Tehran that IAEA inspectors believed Iran has slowed the expansion of its nuclear activities but Iranian lawmaker Hamid-Reza Haji-Babaei insisted the program was continuing at the same pace as before, PressTV reported.

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