´US believes Iran not trying to build nuclear bomb´ (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Ynet Published: 02.24.12, 11:02)
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LA Times report claims 16 US intelligence agencies agree that while
Iran is pursuing nuclear research it has not sought to build weapon,
strengthening disagreement with Israel over military strike
As the US and Israel prepare for the Obama-Netanyahu summit it
appears that Washington is trying to make it very clear: Tehran is
not currently seeking to build a nuclear bomb. Or at least, that is
what a classified intelligence document mentioned in an LA Times
A highly classified US intelligence assessment circulated among
policymakers early last year largely affirms the view, originally
made in 2007. Both reports, known as national intelligence estimates,
conclude that Iran halted efforts to develop and build a nuclear
warhead in 2003.
The LA Times goes on to claim that the most recent report, which
represents the consensus of 16 US intelligence agencies, indicates
that Iran is pursuing research that could put it in a position to
build a weapon, but that it has not sought to do so.
And while Iran continues to enrich uranium at low levels, US
officials say they have not seen evidence that has caused them to
significantly revise that judgment.
Senior US officials say Israel does not dispute the basic
intelligence or analysis.
The dispute then is over the critical level that would signal a
strike. Israel regards Iran as a threat to its existence and says it
will not allow Iran to become capable of building and delivering a
nuclear weapon. Some Israeli officials have raised the prospect of a
military strike to stop Iran before it´s too late. Meanwhile,
American officials warn that a strike is too dangerous.
As the March 5 meeting between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
US President Barack Obama gets closer, diplomatic sources in
Washington told Ynet that "Obama will try to convince Netanyahu that
he´s serious about his intentions to stop Iran from becoming a
The president is expected to tell Netanyahu: "Trust me, I´m serious."
Yet sources also noted that it "was not enough to talk. There needs
to be trust between these two people in order for the things to be
received in the right way." (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet
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