US Report: Iran Nuke Program More Advanced Than Thought (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By David Lev 08/09/12)
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A report in Ha´aretz Thursday, citing American officials, said that a
new U.S. report says Iran has made a great deal of progress in its
nuclear program in recent months. According to the report, U.S.
President Barack H. Obama has seen the National Intelligence Estimate
(NIE) report, prepared by U.S. government intelligence groups.
According to Ha´aretz, the report was submitted to Obama several
weeks later than scheduled – in order to update it with new
information relating to the vast improvements in Iran´s nuclear
research in recent months. The report is said to have come to
conclusions similar to those held by Israel´s intelligence community –
that Iran is almost at the “point of no return” in development of a
The new NIE report was sharply different than one issued in 2007,
which claimed that Iran had suspended its nuclear program altogether.
That report significantly damaged Israel´s case against Iran among
Western countries, deferring not only the idea of using force to
prevent Iran from achieving nuclear capability, but even softening
the demand for sanctions against Tehran. The new report said that
Iran had significantly improved its research methodology, access to
development tools, and testing procedures, and had seen a concomitant
improvement in results.
A report in Yediot Achronot said that Israel had recently received
messages from Saudi Arabia, saying that the Saudis would shoot down
Israeli planes bound for Iran if they flew over Saudi airspace.
However, Israeli officials said they saw that message as part of
Washington´s efforts to discourage Israel from taking unilateral
action against Iran.
Earlier this week, former Mossad head Danny Yatom called on the
government to ensure that Israel coordinated with the U.S. on all
matters relating to Iran. “Despite the fact that Israel is an
independent country, and in the end attacking Iran would be a
decision Israel would have to make on its own, it would be very
important to secure U.S. support for an action like this,” Yatom
said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/09/12)
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