Iran still years away from having nukes: US intelligence chief
US intelligence chief John Negroponte said Iran's resumption of uranium enrichment is "troublesome" but the country is still years away from having enough fissile material to make a nuclear weapon.This would seem to be contradicting the White House line. And is Negroponte trying to muffle the war drums?
"The developments in Iran -- clearly they're troublesome," he said in response to questions after a speech to the National Press Club.Could it be that Death Squad John isn't ready to follow Bush over the Iran cliff? Strange!
"By the same token, our assessment at the moment is that even though we believe that Iran is determined to acquire or obtain a nuclear weapon, that we believe that it is still a number of years off before they are likely to have enough fissile material to assemble into, or to put into a nuclear weapon; perhaps into the next decade," he said.
"So I think it's important that this issue be kept in perspective," he said.