British intelligence believes Iran secretly designing a nuclear warhead

September 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Contradicting U.S. intelligence, British intelligence services are saying (via The Financial Times) that Iran has been designing a nuclear warhead “since late 2004 or early 2005.” Last week’s revelation of a second nuclear plant outside the holy city of Qom only served to support international suspicions about an Iranian cover-up to mask nuclear weapons designs.  A U.S. National Intelligence Estimate published in December 2007 concluded with high confidence that Iran stopped its nuclear weapons program in the autumn of 2003 and had not restarted it as of mid-2007. Faulty assessments over Sadam Heussans’s weapons of mass destruction arsenal, paved the way to the Iraq war, hangs over intelligence agencies attempts to reach the right conclusions about Iran.  Germany, Israel and Britain differ with American  intelligence views that the design work has still not resumed. The differing opinions on the state of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions come as talks between Iran and world powers begin on Thursday. Of the talks, Iran’s chief nuclear official said, “We will never bargain about our sovereign rights.”


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