Former UN envoy John Bolton said Israel has just "eight days" to launch a military strike to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions before such an attack would be too risky.
With Iran's first nuclear power reactor set to launch August 21, an attack beyond that date could release harmful radiation and affect Iranian civilians, Bolton said.
As Bolton told the Fox Business Network:
"Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they're in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it. So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days."
Bolton reportedly reiterated the point on Israel Radio Tuesday, this time saying that Israel had a mere "three days" to strike Iran's nuclear reactor. Bolton also told Jerusalem Post Tuesday that "this is a very, very big victory for Iran."
However, when pressed on whether or not he actually anticipated Israeli forces launching an attack, Bolton seemed skeptical.
"I do not think so, I fear that Israel has lost this opportunity," Bolton said.
Here he is on Fox:
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