CIA Chief Says No Evidence Yet That Iran Plans to Weaponize Nuclear Program

The US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns said that Washington has seen no evidence that Iran is weaponizing its nuclear program.

Burns said during a conference organized by the Wall Street Journal, that the intelligence agency does not “see any evidence that Iran’s Supreme Leader has made a decision to move to weaponize.”

Burns also echoed the conclusions of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, stressing that the Iranians “have not been taking the negotiation seriously at this point.”

European diplomats had recently expressed disappointment and concern after five days of international negotiations in Vienna on reviving the Iran nuclear deal.

Senior diplomats from the E3 group of Britain, France, and Germany in a joint statement accused Tehran of walking back almost all of the difficult compromises crafted after many months of hard work, and that the Iranian delegation had demanded major changes to the text.

According to the E3 diplomats, they thoroughly and carefully analyzed Iran’s proposed changes to the text negotiated during the previous six rounds of talks that took place earlier this year.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki had also recently said that the new Iranian administration did not come to Vienna with constructive proposals,

Iran has been accused by the western countries of pursuing military goals in its nuclear program, something the country has denied repeatedly.

Iran says that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

However, commenting on the lifting of sanctions talks in Vienna last week, Burns said the Iranians have not yet taken the negotiations seriously at this point and that they “will see soon how serious they are.”

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