Posted by: Lister | December 4, 2007

Can you stop what you didn’t start?

US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, says that Iran halted its weapons programme in 2003. But is there any proof that Iran had a weapons programme? The report also says that Iran would be unlikely to have enough enriched Uranium for a bomb until 2010-2015.

This report was held up, according to Gareth Porter:

A National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran has been held up for more than a year in an effort to force the intelligence community to remove dissenting judgments on the Iranian nuclear program, and thus make the document more supportive of US Vice President Dick Cheney’s militarily aggressive policy toward Iran, according to accounts of the process provided by participants to two former Central Intelligence Agency officers.

And the British politicos are also spinning the “Danger! Danger!” angle of the report: BBC.

Mohamed ElBaradei says:

Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said the report agreed with his agency’s findings that there was “no evidence” of a nuclear weapons programme.

“This new assessment by the US should help to defuse the current crisis,” he said.

“At the same time, it should prompt Iran to work actively with the IAEA to clarify specific aspects of its past and present nuclear programme as outlined in the work plan and through the implementation of the additional protocol.”

[…] Ehud Barak, Israel’s defence minister, told Army Radio that, as far as Israel knew, Iran had probably renewed its weapons programme since 2003.

The confusion arises because everyone uses different brands of tea leaves.

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Responses

  1. Iran says they never had a nuclear weapons programme:

    “Unlike what was claimed by the 16 U.S. intelligence bodies, Iran has never pursued a program to develop nuclear weapons even before 2003 and this is another lie to deceive international community,” Jalali said.

  2. Israel says it will work to expose the Iranian nuclear programme. And an unnamed British official is quoted as saying the Yanks were misled since the Iranians knew when they were being listened to.

    “We are skeptical about the report’s findings,” an unidentified senior British official was quoted as saying by The Sunday Telegraph. “It’s not as if the American intelligence are regarded as brilliant performers in that region.”

    The official claimed that Iranian nuclear employees must have been aware the U.S. was secretly listening to telephone conversations, according to the newspaper.


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