Intel: Iran equipped for atomic
Sources say Bush stunned by news of N. Korea
Posted: May 27, 2005
5:00 p. m. Eastern 2005 WorldNetDaily. com
While European negotiators focus on Iran's development of
enriched plutonium, U. S. intelligence officials say
Tehran already has completed all of the elements required
for an atomic bomb.
The news has stunned President Bush, according to Geostrategy Direct, an intelligence news service led by
national security reporter Bill Gertz of the Washington
"It's an incredible piece of intelligence that
overshadows everything we thought we knew on Iran's
nuclear program," one U. S. intelligence source said.
Geostrategy says the intelligence information asserts
North Korea this year transferred components to Iran to
assemble a plutonium-based nuclear warhead.
The components were believed to have originated in
Iran insists its nuclear program is only for generation
of electricity. But Washington contends Tehran's
intentions are not peaceful, pointing to an enrichment
program hidden from U. N. inspectors for nearly two
decades before it was officially declared in October
The CIA has been tracking for the past two years Iran's
efforts to enrich uranium for a nuclear weapon,
All of the agency's assessments were based on how much
technology and enriched uranium Iran had obtained for its
first nuclear warhead.
While dismayed by Iran's efforts, the CIA believed Iran
needed at least another three years before it could
assemble an atomic bomb.
"Instead, the entire Iranian uranium enrichment effort
appears to have concealed a much more immediate aim,"
Meanwhile, the head of the U. N. atomic watchdog, Mohamed
ElBaradei, praised Iran for its decision Wednesday to
continue suspension of its enrichment program and to
continue talks with the EU-3 -- France, German and
In exchange, the Europeans will present plans for
economic and political incentives that will become part
of a final deal.
Also, the World Trade Organization rewarded Tehran for
its decision by opening membership negotiations.
Iran's chief representative to international
organizations in Geneva, Mohammad Reza Alborzil,
responded: "Today, this house with this decision has done
service to itself by correcting a wrong."
In late 2004, says Geostrategy, the Iranian Revolutionary
Guard Corps tested a command and control network that
would permit a nuclear weapons warhead to be placed on an
enhanced Shihab-3 intermediate-range missile.
The CIA believes Iran could immediately assemble several
nuclear warheads for the Shihab-3 arsenal.
"This means that U. S. forces in Iraq and southern Europe
are under immediate Iranian threat," Geostrategy says.
"Israel and Saudi Arabia are already under Iranian
The CIA first obtained reports in 1994 of Iran obtaining
plutonium components from North Korea.
The latest information, however, comes from a new and far
more reliable source, Geostrategy says.
Intelligence sources won't elaborate, but stress that the
source is from a "hostile" state, a reference to either
Iran or North Korea.