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US Sees Iran's Leaders Split on Nukes

Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 07:39 PM

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials say that U.S. intelligence agencies believe Iran's leadership is split over whether to use its nuclear program to develop atomic weapons.

Two officials tell The Associated Press that the U.S. believes Iran's regime is fragmented on the matter and has not yet made a decision to move forward on a nuclear bomb.

That view is included in a new classified assessment of Iran's capabilities and ambitions that national intelligence chief James Clapper says is done. The officials spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity to discuss the findings.

The new National Intelligence Estimate replaces a controversial 2007 version that concluded Iran had abandoned or suspended an attempt to develop nuclear weapons.


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