James Forsyth

Iran’s nuclear programme is on hold, according to US national intelligence estimate

Iran’s nuclear programme is on hold, according to US national intelligence estimate
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A new report signed off on by the various US intelligence agencies says that Iran halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003. This declaration is, to put it mildly, a major surprise and reverses the judgement of the 2005 National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It also transforms the political and diplomatic debate about what to do about Iran. At first blush, it appears to thwart any chance America and the EU-3 had of getting the UN Security Council to vote for tougher sanctions on Iran.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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