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Iran: A Real Nuclear Threat or a Casus Belli2012-02-27 13:27
According to the last report of the 16 American intelligence services on the issue of Iranian nuclear program, announced on Friday, February 24, the Iranian scientists are not designing nuclear weapons. As reported by the intelligence services, such work was stopped in 2003.
According to the last report of the 16 American intelligence services on the issue of Iranian nuclear program, announced on Friday, February 24, the Iranian scientists are not designing nuclear weapons, the Lenta.ru reported. In the report, the intelligence services stated that such work was stopped in 2003.
In the document, they also stated that Tehran intends to achieve a level of knowledge that will allow them after all create the bomb, if necessary. The authors of the report also noted that Israel has fully agreed with the report's basic propositions and conclusions.
These results are very similar to the data from 2007, when it was revealed that Iran had stopped the projects for research and development of nuclear weapons in 2003, the Rosbalt.ru reported. In 2010, the same conclusion was made in the report of the national intelligence service on Iran's nuclear program. In January this year, the director of national intelligence James Clapper and CIA director David Petraeus told in the Senate that at that moment they had no evidence of the fact that Iran had made certain decisions on the production of nuclear weapons. The U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the armed forces of the United States Martin Dempsey have announced similar conclusions, the edition reported.
The conclusion of the American intelligence services on Iran met the criticism from Israel and some European countries.
On the eve, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Fereydoon Abbasi confirmed that the Iranian nuclear scientists at the Natanz plant have enriched from 90 to 100 kilograms of uranium to the level of 20%.
The head of the AEOI also noted that due to the active work of national scientists on uranium enrichment, they have no need to exchange Iranian enriched uranium to highly enriched uranium at the plant.
During the inspection of Iranian nuclear facilities, the IAEA inspectors have found a "shortage" of uranium, but the Iranian side has failed to explain the loss. The IAEA experts believe that the missing uranium can be used as experimental material for nuclear weapons, the Rosbalt.ru reported.
As reported by the edition, the U.S. officials generally share Israel's concerns, but they have emphasized that a possible war against Iran may get protracted nature and lead to unpredictable consequences. In Israel, they believe that such a position "serves Iran's interests".
According to the U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, the Israelis may carry out an independent strike on Iranian nuclear facilities in late spring - early summer this year.
Recall, last week, the U.S. and Israeli authorities discussed and coordinated their possible actions in case of a military invasion of Iran. As the U.S. Ambassador Daniel Shapiro stated today, if the economic sanctions, applied on Iran, would appear insufficient, Israel and USA may resort to military force.