In the picture, dated September 19, 2006, seats for the US delegation appear empty as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addresses the 61st session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Well, the Iranian boss had then launched a timely attack on America and Britain in the General Assembly, accusing them of manipulating the United Nations to further their ends.
Vindicating the Iranian chief’s stand and instead giving their own President a shock verdict, US nuclear spies have now surprisingly revealed that Tehran has not pursued a nuclear weapons development programme for the past four years.
The secret intelligence report, declassified on December 4, 2007, marks a significant shift from previous US estimates. “Tehran’s decision to halt its nuclear weapons program suggests it is less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005,” it says.
Then, doesn’t this declassified report of 16 US spy agencies raise questions over recent warning of US President George Bush that a nuclear Iran might lead to World War III? Yes. The stunning assessment should be felt in endless ways and jar a foreign policy debate about Iran all over the world, including New Delhi whose traditional relations with Tehran are under continued pressure in view of the ongoing controversy over Indo-US nuke deal.
The world must force Bush look disappointed by this news as it makes it harder for the outgoing president to justify a military strike against Iran, before he leaves office next year. It also makes it more difficult to persuade Russia and China to join the US, Britain and France in imposing a new round of sanctions on Tehran.
But only time will tell the US motive behind publishing the intelligence report. Is it aimed at recovering the public credibility lost when the intelligence agencies wrongly claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the years leading up to 2003!!!