And they will in fact use it.
MI chief: Iran can produce 4 bombs
Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi speaks before Herzliya Conference, reviews regional changes, Arab Spring and Iranian threat
Published: 02.02.12, 09:39 / Israel News
“Iran has enough nuclear material for four bombs,” Director of Military Intelligence Major General Aviv Kochavi warned Thursday. Kochavi made a rare appearance at the 2012 Herzliya Conference, where he reviewed regional changes, the effects of the Arab Spring and the Iranian threat.
“Iran is vigorously pursing military nuclear capabilities and today the intelligence community agrees with Israel on that. Iran has over four tons of enriched materials and nearly 100kg of 20% enriched uranium – that’s enough for four bombs,” he said.
According to Kochavi, Iran’s motivation stems from three reasons: Regional hegemony, deterrence and its desire to be a key regional player and while Iran still maintains that its nuclear program is for civilian, peaceful purposes, “We have conclusive evidence that they are after nuclear weapons.”
Still, according to the MI chief, the final decision whether or pursue nuclear weapons has little to do with technical capabilities and much to do with one man’s decision: “When Khamenei gives the order to produce the first nuclear weapon – it will be done, we believe, within one year.”