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The Iran National Intelligence Estimate: A Comprehensive Guide to What Is Wrong with the NIE

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Publication Date: January 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Phillips

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)
International relations (International peace and security)

Keywords: Middle East; nuclear weapons; nuclear proliferation; Iran NIE

Type: Report

Coverage: Iran


The National Intelligence Estimate's narrow definition of Iran's nuclear weapons program is so restrictive that even officials from the normally cautious International Atomic Energy Agency have expressed disagreement with its conclusions. Its release eases international pressure on Iran despite the fact that the NIE itself maintains that such pressure is critical to stopping the Iranian nuclear weapons program.