Israeli Official: Iran to Have 50-100 Nuclear Warheads by 2024

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant / AP

Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant / AP

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Israel’s Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said that Iran could have 50 to 100 nuclear warheads in the next ten years if Western nations decide to ink a bad deal with the Islamic Republic.

Steinitz, speaking at a national security conference in Israel, said this “nightmare scenario” could come about if the Obama administration insists on sighing a “bad deal” with Iran in the coming months.

The Jerusalem Post reports on his remarks:

He said that in the event that the P5+1 group of world powers—US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany—sign an unsatisfactory deal with Iran that does not dismantle its nuclear program, the Islamic Republic could have 50-100 nuclear warheads by the year 2024. In addition to the nuclear bombs, Steinitz warned Iran would also possess ballistic missiles with the ability to reach western Europe and the east coast of the United States ten years from now.

Steinitz said in this scenario, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria, Turkey, and perhaps other Middle East states, would begin their own nuclear weapons programs in answer to Iran.

“It is a difficult scenario, but not an impossible scenario,” Steinitz stated.