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    Iran ‘a year or more’ from nuke capability, Obama says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says U.S. intelligence assessments show Iran is still ‘‘a year or more away’’ from building a nuclear weapon.

    The president’s assessment puts him at odds with Israel, which says Iran is just months away from being able to build a bomb.

    Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, acknowledged that Americans estimates are ‘‘more conservative’’ than those of the Israelis.

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    Obama also says the world must ‘‘test’’ whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is serious about resolving its nuclear dispute diplomatically. But he says the U.S. won’t take a ‘‘bad deal’’ from Iran.

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    Israel has dismissed Iran’s outreach to the U.S.

    Obama says if he were Israel’s leader, he’d be ‘‘be very wary as well of any kind of talk from the Iranians.’’