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Iran will be able to achieve a nuclear bomb within one or two years, the incoming head of Israel's Military Intelligence said yesterday, but added that such a move would depend on the Tehran leadership.

"The question is not when Iran will have the bomb. The question is how long it will take for an Iranian leader to decide to have the centrifuges start enriching at 90 percent," Brigadier-General Aviv Kochavi told a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

Kochavi said he does not expect an Iranian leader to make such a decision in the next year out of a fear of harming the government, which is already paying an economic price over fear of their nuclear program.

"At this moment, it is not in Iran's interest to move their [nuclear] program forward," he added.