Iran's nuclear program will reach point of no return in 10 months: Israel
JERUSALEM (AFP) Oct 21, 2003
The chief of Israeli military intelligence said Tuesday night that Iran's nuclear program will reach the "point of no return" in 10 months' time, after which outside powers will not be able to stop it.

In comments on private television Channel 10, General Aharon Zeevi said the "Iranian nuclear program will reach its point of no return within 10 months. After that period, international diplomatic measures will not be able to stop the program.

The military analyst for Channel 10 said that Zeevi, who had been speaking to parliament's defense and foreign affairs committee, had also suggested that Israeli might "take upon itself to stop the Iranian military nuclear program if international pressures failed."

In 1981, Israeli warplanes put an end to then Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's nuclear program, bombing the Osirak facility near Bahgdad.

Zeevi's reported remarks come on the same day that Iran announced that it had agreed to sign a protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, opening itself up to snap inspections by the UN atomic energy watchdog, and promised that its nuclear program did not include seeking military capabilities.