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Disarmament Diplomacy

Issue No. 31, October 1998

US General Predicts Iran Nuclear Weapons 'Within Five Years'

On 21 October, Marine General Anthony Zinni, Head of US Central Command, told reporters in Washington of his fears that Iran was only a few years away from becoming a nuclear-weapon State. According to the General: "If I were a betting man, I would say they are on track within five years, they would have the capability [by then]..." Referring to India and Pakistan, Zinni added that Iran "is not going to be that far behind their neighbours. They are on track to do it."

Report: US General warns on Iran nukes, Associated Press, 21 October.

© 1998 The Acronym Institute.

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