News ID: 302161
Published: 0159 GMT April 14, 2021

US intelligence analysis concludes Iran not seeking nukes

US intelligence analysis concludes Iran not seeking nukes

International Desk

A combined US intelligence analysis has concluded that Iran is not working toward developing a nuclear weapon. 

In a declassified report released on Tuesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said, the US intelligence community believes Iran "is not undertaking the key nuclear weapons development activities,” the Washington Post wrote.

The assessment represents the conclusions of all 18 US intelligence agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

According to the report, analysts see few indications Iran will seek to change course.   

The study affirms an earlier judgment by the US spy agencies at the same time the administration of President Joe Biden seeks to reenter a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that former president Donald Trump withdrew from three years ago.

Iran has always maintained that its nuclear program is peaceful and merely for civilian purposes including power generation and medical treatment.

Tehran also says it has never sought to make weapons of mass destruction such as nukes.

Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency )IAEA) and its nuclear work has been under intense scrutiny of the UN nuclear watchdog.

The Islamic Republic says it is committed to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Once again, I stress that all our nuclear activities are peaceful and for non-military purposes,” President Hassan Rouhani said during a ceremony to three cascades of advanced centrifuges on Saturday.

“As the Leader [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei] has repeatedly stated, in our religion, pursuing a weapon that can be a great danger to a large community is forbidden,” he noted.

Ayatollah Khamenei has issued a religious decree that bans building nuclear arms. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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