Mullen, Gates, Rice Speak Out About Iran's Nuclear Program

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The top U.S. military official says Iran has sufficient fissile material for a nuclear weapon. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, said Sunday on CNN that it would be a "very, very bad outcome" should Tehran move forward with a bomb.

The International Atomic Energy Agency says Tehran has processed more than 2,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium. But the report left unclear whether Iran is capable of making enough highly enriched uranium to arm one weapon.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says Iran is not close to being able to make a nuclear weapon. He told NBC that there's still time for diplomacy.

U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, recently told National Public Radio that the IAEA report confirms "what we all had feared and anticipated" -- that Tehran remains in pursuit of its nuclear program.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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