U.S. intelligence chief in Israel to discuss Iran

Mike McConnell, the director of U.S. national intelligence, is in Israel to hear its spymasters' claims that Iran could obtain nuclear weapons within two years, Israeli officials said on Wednesday.

U.S. intelligence chief in Israel to discuss Iran
Last year's U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) found that Iran -- which denies seeking the bomb -- had shelved a military nuclear programme in 2003 though it could still potentially produce warheads in the next decade.

McConnell's visit came as Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was in Washington.

"He (McConnell) is here as part of our debate on how advanced the Iranian project is. It's a matter of comparing methods of gathering intelligence, as well as how to analyse it," an Israeli defence official said.

McConnell was slated to meet Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday before departing. The U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv had no comment on the intelligence director's visit.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Haziran 2008, 13:02