MI Chief: Iran 'Galloping' to Nuclear Bomb

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CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Israeli Military Intelligence chief, Brig. General Yossi Baidatz, told Cabinet ministers Sunday that Iran is moving ever closer to developing a nuclear bomb.

"Iran is developing a command of uranium-enrichment technology and is galloping toward a nuclear bomb," Baidatz said.

According to the Military Intelligence chief, the gap between efforts to convince Iran to cease its uranium-enrichment activity and Iran's progress toward that goal is widening, as the Islamic Republic focuses on uranium enrichment.

"We believe that the time until the point of no return is getting increasingly shorter," Baidatz told the ministers.

He said the Islamic Republic has activated 4,000 centrifuges since the beginning of the year, which generate 60 grams of UF-6 gas per hour that can be used to enrich uranium to a military level.

Baidatz said that Iran already has between a third and a half of fissionable material needed to create its first nuclear bomb.

"The international front against Iran is weak and not consolidated and isn't putting enough pressure on the regime so it will stop enriching the uranium," he said.

"The sanctions have very little influence and are far from bringing to bear a critical mass of pressure on Iran," he said, adding that Islamic Republic sees the world as too weak to stop them.

Baidatz also pointed out that there is little consensus between Russian and Chinese support of Iran versus the U.S. and E.U.'s call for sanctions.

Meanwhile, former Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Chief of General Staff Lt. General Moshe Ya'alon said Sunday that Israel will not be able to avoid a military confrontation with Iran.

Ya'alon said the world should take the same stand against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as it did against Adolph Hitler.

"Today we in the West are facing the same situation, the lack of decisiveness toward a threat that is no less severe than that which Hitler posed in 1939," he said.

On Sunday, before departing for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York, Ahmadinejad delivered a speech at a military parade marking the 1980 Iran-Iraq war.

"If anybody dares to offend the boundaries of the Iranian nation, the Iranian nation's holy land and Iran's legal interest, our armed forces…will break his hand before he can pull the trigger," Ahmadinejad said.

"Today, Iran is not in a position to show even the smallest flexibility against the bullying of the enemies. History has shown that those who wish ill for Iran will nothing but regret," he said.

"The enemies of humanity…had imagined that by military attack and economic and scientific sanctions they could break down our revolution and our nation," he said.

Sources: Haaretz, Reuters

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