US intelligence tells Congress that Iran has no weapons-grade uranium

March 11, 2009

National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair (L) and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples (R)(ChattahBox) — This is a bit contridictory to previous reports and postering but US intelligence officials have told Congress today that Iran lacks weapons-grade highly enriched uranium and has not yet made a decision on whether to produce any yet.  Sounds a little like the whole weapons of mass destruction scenario in Iraq scenario, accept this time the news comes beforea new  war.

Director of national intelligence Dennis Blair had been asked to clarify recent conflicting statements from defense officials on Iran’s nuclear program.

“We assess now that Iran does not have any highly enriched uranium,” he said. “We assess that Iran has not yet made that decision,” to convert the low-enriched uranium it is making to the weapons-grade material.

Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Maples also said recent Iranian missile tests were not directly related to its nuclear activities. They said the two programs were believed to be on separate development tracks and believed Iran had not yet made a decision on whether to proceed with its nuclear program.

The testimony of Blair and Maples before the Senate Armed Services Committee followed claims last week by the head of Israeli intelligence that Iran had “crossed the threshold” to becoming a nuclear power.

Blair said the Israelis were working off the same intelligence but were was looking at a “worst-case scenario.”

Both Blair and Maples said the earliest Iran could develop nuclear arms is in the time frame of 2010-15.


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One Response to “US intelligence tells Congress that Iran has no weapons-grade uranium”

  1. SamsTownLasVegas on March 13th, 2009 1:03 pm

    thanks for the news

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