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Israel has '8 days' to hit Iran nuclear site: Bolton

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – Israel has "eight days" to launch a military strike against Iran's Bushehr nuclear facility and stop Tehran from acquiring a functioning atomic plant, a former US envoy to the UN has said.

Iran is to bring online its first nuclear power reactor, built with Russia's help, on August 21, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant's core.

At that point, John Bolton warned Monday, it will be too late for Israel to launch a military strike against the facility because any attack would spread radiation and affect Iranian civilians.

"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it," Bolton told Fox Business Network.

"So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days."

Absent an Israeli strike, Bolton said, "Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor."


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Iran President Ahmadinejad has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the map and threatened to harm the United States. Despite Ahmadinejad’s threats as Iran nears nuclear weapon capability, Obama appears complacent, treating Iran’s real nuclear threat to America as if it was a matter for academic discussion. U.S. Citizens are increasingly frightened when faced with realization this U.S. President may do absolutely nothing (militarily) to protect their nation from Iran’s nuclear weapons—before it is too late. Once Iran has nuclear weapons, Iran will be in a position to subordinate America, subordinate our lives, forcing Americans to accept the fact Iran President Ahmadinejad could any day, arm terrorists anywhere with small nukes (dirty bombs) to threaten, blackmail or attack U.S cities; launch from any ship a nuclear warhead to target a major U.S. City. Is there one reason to believe Iran won’t do that? Should Iran be permitted to develop nuclear weapons, Americans will forever remember that this President (Obama) did nothing to stop it, did nothing to protect our nation; did nothing to protect our loved ones.


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