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U.S. Panel Raises Doubts About Iran’s Weapons Program

HeadlineMar 09, 2005

In news on Iran, the New York Times is reporting that a bipartisan presidential commission examining Iran’s weapons program has concluded that U.S. intelligence on Iran is not adequate enough to allow the government to make firm judgments about the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons inside Iran The panel is expected to issue its report to President Bush this month. The commission reached that conclusion at a time that the Bush administration has been issuing increasingly sharp warnings about Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. In November CIA Director Porter Goss issued a report that concluded Iran is continuing to “vigorously pursue indigenous programs to produce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.” Iran has denied its nuclear program is for military purposes and the International Atomic Energy Agency has said it has not found evidence of any weapons program. In its report, the presidential panel is also expected to be sharply critical of U.S. intelligence on North Korea.

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