The United States believes Iran is a year or a more away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon,President Barack Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press released Saturday,describing the estimate as conservative.
Our assessment continues to be a year or more away,and in fact,actually our estimate is probably more conservative than the estimates of Israeli intelligence services, Obama said in reply to a question about the US intelligence assessment on Irans timetable for nuclear weapons.
Obama has directed US officials to try and work out an agreement with Iran to end its nuclear programme,an opportunity he has said is worth exploring after the election of the relatively moderate Iran President Hassan Rouhani.
Obama and Rouhani spoke by telephone a week ago,the highest-level contact between the two countries in three decades. I think Rouhani has staked his position on the idea that he can improve relations with the rest of the world, Obama said. The way the system works,hes not the only decision maker. Hes not even the ultimate one.
Khamenei disapproves aspects of Rouhani US trip
TEHRAN: Irans top leader Saturday said some aspects of Hassan Rouhanis trip to New York last month were not appropriate,but reiterated crucial support for the presidents policy of outreach to the West. The comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came after hardliners criticized a 15-minute phone conversation between Rouhani and Obama. AP