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Arthapedia McClatchy blog: Nukes & Spooks February 16, 2011 The U.S. intelligence community has completed a new National Intelligence Estimate for President Barack Obama and Congress on Iran's nuclear program. The key judgements, however, aren't being released like those of a November 2007 NIE that concluded that Iran had halted the development of a nuclear weapon four years earlier. But that may not matter. "We continue to assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it chose to do so," Clapper says in the threat assessment. Translation: The 16 U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran's covert nuclear weapons work remains suspended for now, but could be restarted if the Iranian regime decides to do so. Here's what the 2007 NIE said: U.S. intelligence analysts "assess with moderate-to-high confidencethat Tehran at a minimum is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons." February 15, 2011

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