Iran will have N-weapons within five years: Report
Iran will have N-weapons within 5 years at the latest and the world would do well to get used to the idea, according to Russian foreign and defence policy council.india Updated: Mar 06, 2006 04:21 IST
Iran will have nuclear weapons within five years at the latest and the world would do well to get used to the idea, according to an experts' report due to be presented to the Russian foreign and defence policy council on Monday.
"Iran is seeking to equip itself with nuclear weapons and will succeed in doing so sooner or later," Interfax news agency quoted the report as saying.
"A minority of experts believe that will happen in the space of between six months and one or two years. The majority think it will take several years, up to five years," said the report to the council, which is an advisory body.
News of the report's contents emerged shortly after Iran and the European Union announced they had failed to strike a deal that could have prevented Tehran being sent to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear activities.
Iran denies it is seeking to develop a nuclear bomb as the United States has charged, but has so far refused to promise to not develop technology that would allow it to develop an atomic weapon.
" ... The world would do well to start now to get used to the idea of coexisting with an Iranian nuclear power," the report advised.
The report's authors said a nuclear-armed Iran would negatively affect Russian security but that the consequences "will not be catastrophic as long as the Iranian regime is stable".