But if we keep pushing we may not be able to assess their capabilities either way. Here’s why.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu making a case about Iran’s nuclear program at the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2012.(DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
As Iran puts the final nail in its nuclear agreement with the West, hyperbolic headlines have warned that the Islamic Republic could have a nuclear weapon “within months.” Politicians have said it, pundits have repeated it, and hawkish national security experts proclaim it with barely disguised excitement.
Don’t believe it for a second. The entire formulation of Iran’s “breakout period” after which they would present their first and only nuclear bomb is based on an artificial construct—great for talking points and fear mongering from podiums, but in no sense a scientific reality.
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