Iran may be just 12 days away from atomic bomb

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[1/2] Colin Kahl, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, testifies as Department of Defense Inspector General Robert Storch and Director for Operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Douglas A. Sims II listens, during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on oversight of U.S. military support to Ukraine, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 28, 2023. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Iran could make enough fissile for one nuclear bomb in “about 12 days,” a top U.S. Defense Department official said on Tuesday, down from the estimated one year it would have taken while the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was in effect.

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Colin Kahl made the comment to a House of Representatives hearing when pressed by a Republican lawmaker why the Biden administration had sought to revive the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

“Because Iran’s nuclear …

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