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Iran Not Close To Developing Nuclear Weapons, According to Gates.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced on Sunday that Iran is not close to having a nuclear weapon.

Gates’ comments came after Adm. Mike Mullen, head of the U.S. military Joint Chiefs of Staff, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that he thought Iran had enough material to make a nuclear bomb.

The United States suspects Iran of using its nuclear program to try and assemble an atomic bomb, but the Iranian government says that their program is purely for the generation of electricity.

President Barack Obama’s administration has called Iran’s nuclear program an urgent problem that the international community needs to address, Reuters reports.

Gates said that the challenge with this situation is finding a balance between sanctions to pressure Iran to halt its nuclear program and incentives for active engagement with the U.S. and Europe.