MR. THOMAS: Speaking in his top floor office overlooking the Potomac River,
Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte says Iran is determined to get nuclear
weapons and will have them soon if not deterred from its current course.
AMB. NEGROPONTE: We donít have any fast facts that could demonstrate to you a
particular date by which weíre certain Iran will have a nuclear weapon. But yes, it is our
judgment, based on all the information available to us, that Iran is determined to acquire nuclear
weapons and, secondly, that they are on a path to achieve that within the next several years. The
estimate that we have made is that somewhere between 2010 and 2015 is when we judge Iran is
likely to have a nuclear weapon if it continues on its current course.