MI6 Chief: Strike on Iran likely by 2014

July 13, 2012 10:17

Sir John Sawers, the head of the MI6 British spy agency, said that Iran is likely to obtain a nuclear weapon by 2014, making an Israeli or American strike on the Islamic Republic more likely by then, The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

“The Iranians are determinedly going down a path to master all aspects of nuclear weapons; all the technologies they need,” the spy chief is quoted as saying. “It’s equally clear that Israel and the United States would face huge dangers if Iran were to become a nuclear weapon state.”

According to the report, Sir John made his views known in "Civil Service Live," a meeting of senior civil servants, a week earlier, during which he credited covert MI6 operations from preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons earlier on. Without intervention, he is quoted as saying, Iran may have been nuclear armed as early as 2008.

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