As the dispute between Israel and the Obama administration over how to address the Iranian nuclear threat rages, a senior Jerusalem official has said Iran has made significant progress in assembling a nuclear warhead.
The official, who asked to remain anonymous, said new intelligence obtained by the United States, Israel and other Western countries shows that the Iranian activity around the “weapon group” - the final stage in the development of a nuclear weapon - is progressing far beyond the scope known to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The new intelligence was introduced as a last-minute update to the special National Intelligence Estimate on the Iranian nuclear program that was submitted to U.S. President Barack Obama a week ago.
Defense Minister Ehud Barak, in an interview with Israel Radio on Thursday, confirmed the report’s existence and said its intelligence made taking action on Iran “more urgent.”
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