Israeli government and their useful idiot Christianist American advocates continue to try to manipulate US into starting a war against Iran, despite intelligence assessments
that have not changed in ten years.
The last formal NIE on Iran in 2007, partially made public by the administration of President George W. Bush, became highly controversial because it said Tehran ha d halted nuclear weaponization work in 2003, a lthough other aspects of the overall program continued. A l ater update to that report retained that central assessment, sources have previously said. |
James Clapper, U.S. director of national intelligence, said in congressional testimony in January: "We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons, in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons."
It's legal under the NPT to develop "various nuclear capabilities" for civilian purposes. Nobody ever talks about this fact when discussing Iran's nuclear program. They're allowed to do what they're doing. And since we've had US-European sanctions against Iran's crumbling oil infrastructure for decades, we've left them in a position where they have to develop alternative power sources. It's important not to let warmongers get away with ambiguous "--but Iran has a nuclear program" statements. Of course they ****ing do.
What you're not allowed to do under the NPT is proliferate weapons technology, which the US has done in two confirmed cases in Israel and India.