October 16, 2007 Special Dispatch No. 1727

Iranian Daily: "The Intelligence That the West Currently Has on Iran's Nuclear Program is Limited to the Sites Accessible to IAEA Inspectors – And More Than That They Do Not Know"

October 16, 2007
Iran | Special Dispatch No. 1727

Against the backdrop of the increasing threat of a possible attack on Iran, Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander Mohammad Ali J'afari warned the countries in the region against permitting the U.S. to attack Iran from its territory, saying "We will pay you back, and this is only natural."[1]

In addition, the conservative Iranian daily Kayhan, which is close to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, hinted that Iran had not yet revealed all its nuclear facilities, and maintained that the West does not have all the intelligence information that it needs to completely destroy Iran's nuclear program.

The following are the highlights of the Kayhan article:[2]

"Is a new war on the way?... It seems that there is a need to precisely clarify, once and for all, why [the U.S.] cannot launch a war on Iran... All the questions and intelligence ambiguities that are facing the U.S.... make any discussion of [the U.S.'s] preparedness for an attack on Iran a joke, at best.

"The important questions are: How wide is the gap between the exact point to which Iran's nuclear program has progressed and what the Americans perceive to be the point of no return[?]... The intelligence that the West currently has on Iran's nuclear program is limited to the sites accessible to IAEA inspectors, and more than that they do not know... Is the [total] number of Iran's nuclear facilities [really] limited to those facilities that have been reported – so that America can be certain that by destroying them it will destroy Iran's entire nuclear program, or at least set it back for a very long time?...

"Iran declares that it will consider to be an enemy any country that places its territory at the disposal of the Americans so that they can attack [Iran]... Iran's strategic facilities are scattered across the breadth of Iran, and are completely camouflaged... "

[1] Rooz (Iran), September 26, 2007.

[2] Kayhan (Iran), September 25, 2007.

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