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[News, Editorials] Updates on the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN’S NUKES DANGERM

December 5, 2007

[News, Editorials] Updates on the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC of IRAN’S NUKES DANGERM

NIE: “Our assessment that the program probably was halted primarily in response to international pressure suggests Iran may be more vulnerable to influence…”
The new estimate is sure to have considerable political impact. Before deciding on what the NIE means for policy, one should first be sure what it says. The reality is that the estimate says little about whether Iran still aims to produce nuclear weapons or when it might do so. The NIE’s information supports the theory that Iran has simply changed the sequencing of its nuclear weapons effort — not necessarily the theory that Iran is no longer pursuing nuclear weapons.
http://www.washingtoninstitute.org/templateC05.php?CID=2689

Bush softens tone but insists Iran is dangerous
“Iran was dangerous. Iran is dangerous. And Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon,” he said, emphasising that …

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/12/04/wiran204.xm

Rice says easing of pressure on Iran a “big mistake” [Reuters]

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday it would be a “big mistake” to ease world pressure on Iran …

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0454283520071204

Bush insists Iran poses danger, despite report
AFP
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States refused to rule out a military attack on Iran and vowed to step up pressure on Tehran, despite a surprise US …
http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5i7iyoBcxg7oQU0mmoayWHnO5aWXg

US: Iran Still Able to Develop Nukes
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iRqjZV1Meppj40hTs8IBOv4DdsQwD8TA7RN81

Hadley: US Policy Toward Iran Nuclear Weapons Must Continue
FOX News – Dec 3, 2007
It also concludes that Iran’s decision to halt the program is likely based on a cost-benefit approach, influenced by international pressure…

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,314782,00.html

Tehran defiant on nuclear enrichment
Reuters, The Associated Press, The New York TimesPublished: December 2, 2007

TEHRAN: Further UN sanctions will not solve the dispute with the West over Iran’s nuclear plans, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Sunday, a day after six world powers discussed imposing new penalties on Tehran.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/12/02/africa/iran.php

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ANALYSIS: Iran laughing at US lack of nuclear intelligence

December 4, 2007

ANALYSIS: Iran laughing at US lack of nuclear intelligence

By Amir Oren, Haaretz Correspondent

Tags: Adm. Mike McConnell

The noise that was heard last night in Tehran, according to credible reports, was a hearty Persian laugh after looking at the U.S. intelligence service’s website. The unclassified document that Director of National Intelligence, Adm. Mike McConnell published, titled “Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities,” as a laundered version that faithfully represents the greatest secrets collected by the CIA and the other U.S. intelligence services, can appropriately be called “much evaluation on no intelligence.”

The document’s eight pages, which include embarrassing instructions on how to differentiate between different yet related terms (“it is possible,” “it may be so,” “one must not remove from the equation,” and “it’s reasonable to assume”), enable the Ayatollas’ nuclear and operations officials and the heads of the Revolutionary Guards to reach this soothing conclusion – from their point of view: The Americans have no understanding of what is really happening in Iran’s nuclear program. They have no solid information, they have no high-level agents and they have nothing more than a mix of guesswork and chatter. The dissemblance and concealment have succeeded, and the real dispute is not between Washington and Tehran, but within the U.S. administration itself.

Only five weeks ago, McConnell announced that as a rule, he doesn?t believe in the release of such documents. He regretted the publication of the principles of the intelligence evaluation on Iraq. Advertisement

McConnel kept quiet on Monday. Donald Kerr, his deputy, was enlisted to explain why the Iran assessment followed in Iraq’s footsteps.

(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com