US officials doubt ability to gauge Iran's nuclear progress

March 11, 2012 16:06

Senior US officials doubt Washington's ability to properly gauge the progress of Iran's nuclear program and said that the United States would not necessarily know if Tehran had started secretly building an atomic bomb, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

The doubts of the "senior officials familiar with US intelligence and spying capabilities in Iran" contradict Washington's contention that US satellites, sensors and spies will know when Iran has "crossed a red line," marking the failure of efforts to thwart Tehran's nuclear ambitions through sanctions.

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein was quoted by the Times as saying that Iran has been found to have secret uranium enrichment facilities in the past, and very well may have additional facilities, undetected by the West.

"You have to assume that, if they went clandestine once, they could well go clandestine in other places," Feinstein stated.

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