Iran could have nuclear weapon by July
The sources said that after seeing North Korea wield nuclear weapons despite opposition by the West, Iran's leadership planned to speed up its timeline to have a bomb sometime between July and September, the Times of Israel reports.
"The Iranians aren't messing around after North Korea," a security source said, according to the Times of Israel. "What Kim Jong Un has Ahmadinejad has. At the end of 2012 the Iranians carried out a simulation of a nuclear explosion and since then have been advancing at a murderous pace every day."
The report added that Israel's leadership had been convinced by U.S. President Barack Obama to adopt a later timeline on when Iran could have a nuclear bomb. In 2012, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the U.N. General Assembly that Iran could have a bomb by Spring 2013. Israeli officials later revised the assessment to a later date. President Obama's visit seemed to convince Netanyahu to go with the U.S. timeline, which said Iran remains a year away from the weapon.
"(President Obama) threw sand in our eyes and now we are reaping the storm," another security source said, according to the Times of Israel. "They bought us with flattery and displays of friendship, but managed to evade any responsibility for a strike."
While Israel pushed for a military option against Iran's nuclear program, the U.S. maintains there is still time for diplomacy and sanctions to stop the nuclear standoff.
Iran has claimed its nuclear program for peaceful purposes, but the country has yet to allow inspectors or curb its enrichment, the Times of Israel reports.