Report: Mossad Was Less Alarmed Than Netanyahu On Iran
February 24, 2015
A leaked cable suggests Israel's spy agency did not share Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's view in 2012 that Iran was months away from producing enough weapons-grade uranium for making a nuclear bomb.
In September 2012, Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly that Iran was one year away from making a nuclear weapon.
But a Mossad report dated October 2012 said Iran was 'not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons.'
The report, shared with South Africa, said Iran had accumulated some lower-grade enriched uranium, but 'it does not appear to be ready to enrich it to higher levels' that would be required for a nuclear weapon.
The document is part of leaked documents published on February 23 by The Guardian and Al-Jazeera. They mainly involve exchanges between South Africa's intelligence agency and its foreign counterparts.
Based on reporting by The Guardian, AP, and the BBC
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