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False bells on Iran’s nuclear programme

Posted by alanmirs on June 10, 2011

By: Kaveh L Afrasiabi | Published: June 10, 2011

False bells on Iran’s nuclear programme

A report by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh titled “Iran And The Bomb – How Real is the Nuclear Threat?” and published in the June 6 issue of The New Yorker magazine quotes former IAEA director general Mohammad ElBaradei as saying he didn’t see “a shred of evidence” in 12 years in charge to suggest Iran is building nuclear-weapons facilities and using enriched materials.
“I don’t believe Iran is a clear and present danger. All I see is the hype about the threat posed by Iran,” ElBaradei, a likely candidate for future Egyptian president, told Hersh in the interview. An abstract of Hersh’s piece says:
‘There’s a large body of evidence, however, including some of America’s most highly classified intelligence assessments, suggesting that the US could be in danger of repeating a mistake similar to the one made with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq eight years ago – allowing anxieties about the policies of a tyrannical regime to distort our estimates of the state’s military capacities and intentions. The two most recent National Intelligence Estimates (N.I.E.s) on Iranian nuclear progress have stated that there is no conclusive evidence that Iran has made any effort to build the bomb since 2003.’
‘Yet Iran is heavily invested in nuclear technology. In the past four years, it has tripled the number of centrifuges in operation at its main enrichment facility at Natanz, which is buried deep underground.’
‘International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors have expressed frustration with Iran’s level of cooperation, but have been unable to find any evidence suggesting that enriched uranium has been diverted to an illicit weapons program.’

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