Some truly mind blowing stupidity behind this though. The premise is ludicrousness on its face. You do not need an accurate ICBM to represent a nuclear missile threat; just ask the Soviets who opted for larger bombs over accuracy. With a nuke you can be off by a few blocks and the city is still vaporized. Even trying to be generous and saying that the article is talking about any launch ability, it is still the high of stupidity. There are many different ways to use nuclear weapons that do not involve missiles. Indeed, missiles may actually be the dumbest way for Iran to use a nuke. If they launch a missile, the United States will know within five seconds where the missile came from and would be able to retaliate. If an 18-wheeler driving through a city, or a cargo-ship pulling into a port, detonates and obliterates a city there will be some lag time to figure out where it came from and who is responsible. That means even if Iran has an accurate missile, they are unlikely to use it if they decide to attack.
Not exactly confidence inspiring that Obama would stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon be force if necessary.
"Now that Obama has failed (intentionally) a promise he'd made -- that he would not permit Iran to have a bomb -- we're now going to just talk about preventing them from getting an accurate long-range missile.
What a joke."
"Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium for several atomic bombs if refined to a high degree but it may still be a few years away from being able to build a nuclear-armed missile if it decided to go down that path.
Israel's warning last week that Iran will be on the brink of developing a nuclear weapon by mid-2013 seemed to refer to when it could have a sufficient stock of higher-grade uranium to make a quick dash to produce a bomb's worth of weapon-grade material.
But, analysts say, Tehran would need time also for the technologically complicated task of fashioning highly refined uranium gas into a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on a missile - if it opts for such weapons of mass destruction."