Lieberman Says Iran Seeking to Develop Nuclear Weapons

An influential US Senator “said Wednesday after a closed-door, classified intelligence briefing on Iran that Tehran is working ‘seriously’ to develop nuclear weapons,” the AFP reports.

“I can’t say much in detail, but it’s pretty clear that they’re continuing to work seriously on a nuclear weapons program,” Independent Senator Joe Lieberman, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security committee, told AFP.

The lawmaker, who also sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke after a briefing from a senior US intelligence official on weapons of mass destruction on the latest US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran.

A previous NIE on Iran, partly declassified in December 2007, stated with “high confidence” that Tehran had “halted its nuclear weapons program” in late 2003. The document is the consensus view of all 16 US spy agencies.

In February, a US official told AFP on condition of anonymity that US intelligence agencies believe Iran’s leaders are locked in debate about whether to build nuclear weapons and that sanctions have aggravated those divisions.

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