Bolton: Israel has 5 more days to hit Iran before Bushehr goes hot

08/16/2010 21:09

From Israel Insider

Former U.S. envoy to the United Nations, John Bolton, asserted that Israel has until Aug. 21 to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. He said from that point on Bushehr would become an operating nuclear reactor and effectively immune to any air strike.
"Once the rods are in the reactor an attack on the reactor risks spreading radiation in the air, and perhaps into the water of the Persian Gulf," Bolton said.
In an interview with the U.S. television network Fox, Bolton said his assessment was based on the assumption that neither Israel nor the United States wanted to generate a massive nuclear fallout that could harm Gulf Cooperation Council states. He said the launch of operations at the 1,000 megawatt reactor at Bushehr would block the prospect of any air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.
"If they're going to do it that's the window that they have," Bolton said on Aug. 13. "So most people think that neither Israel nor the United States would attack the reactor after it's been fueled."
Bolton has been one of the strongest advocates of an Israeli or U.S. air strike on Iran's nuclear facilities before Teheran begins weapons production. He had spent much of his career as a State Department arms control analyst who focused on Iran's nuclear program.

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