Iran not nuclear weapons capable for "at least a year"-Gates

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13 Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:53pm EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT, April 13 (Reuters) - Iran is not expected to be capable of producing nuclear weapons for at least a year, maybe more, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.

Asked about reported comments that Iran might be able to join the nuclear club in months, Gates said: "I don't believe it."

"I think that most estimates that I've seen, haven't changed since the last time we talked about it, which is probably at least a year, and maybe more," Gates told reporters on a flight to South America.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart, Editing by Jackie Frank)