In the least surprising announcement since Solyndra declared bankruptcy, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is set to release a report this week confirming that the Islamic Republic of Iran has completed all of the steps required to build a nuclear arsenal. With the help of Russian, Pakistani, and North Korean scientists, the report suggests, Iran was able to overcome the technical hurdles involved in developing a detonator that will create the critical mass necessary for a nuclear chain reaction.
For more than a decade it has been obvious that this was Iran’s goal and intention. Yet our intelligence community issued a National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in 2007 declaring “with high confidence” that in 2003 Iran had “frozen” its active efforts to obtain nuclear weapons, and adding its “moderate confidence” that Iran had not resumed those efforts thereafter.
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