From the NY Times: "But in his memo, Mr. Gates wrote of a variety of concerns, including the absence of an effective strategy should Iran choose the course that many government and outside analysts consider likely: Iran could assemble all the major parts it needs for a nuclear weapon ? fuel, designs and detonators ? but stop just short of assembling a fully operational weapon. In that case, Iran could remain a signatory of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty while becoming what strategists call a ?virtual? nuclear weapons state." Considering the weapons inspections, intelligence estimates and even the Iranian mullahs' statements, this appears to be the likeliest scenario - no actual weapon, but "nuclear latency". In this way Iran has a deterrent, but stays within the terms of the NPT. Will Iran be attacked for "nuclear capability"?
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from the article: Barak: Iran poses no immediate existential threat to Israel