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Israeli leader warns of Iran’s short nuclear breakout time

April 8, 2015

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Iran will be able to swiftly get nuclear weapons after the emerging deal expires, echoing similar remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Netanyahu said Wednesday that “Israel shares the view” that when the deal expires “the breakout time for Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon will be zero.” Breakout time refers to how long it takes to build a bomb if allowed to go ahead full speed.

Obama has said that under last week’s framework deal between world powers and Iran, the breakout time would be at least a year.

On Tuesday, Obama told NPR News that the fear is that soon after that expiration date, Iran’s breakout time “would have shrunk almost down to zero.” Nonetheless, he defended the deal.

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