Iran "not close" to nuclear weapon: Gates
By Deborah Zabarenko Deborah Zabarenko – Sun Mar 1, 1:39 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon, which gives the United States and others time to try to persuade Tehran to abandon its suspected atomic arms program, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Sunday.
"They're not close to a stockpile, they're not close to a weapon at this point, and so there is some time," Gates said on NBC television's "Meet The Press."
Iran's uranium 'enough for bomb'
Iran has enough nuclear material to build a bomb, the United States' most senior military commander has said.
"We think they do, quite frankly," Adm Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN.
"And Iran having a nuclear weapon, I've believed for a long time, is a very, very bad outcome for the region and for the world," he said.