‘Ahmadinejad wants to go public with Iran nuclear program’ via Haaretz.com

Intelligence assessment says Iran’s president is in favor of shedding secrecy, but clerical leadership – fearing international reaction – opposes such a move.

By The Associated Press

Iran’s president wants to shed the nation’s secrecy and forge ahead openly with developing nuclear weapons but is opposed by the clerical leadership, which is worried about international reaction to such a move, says an intelligence assessment shared with The Associated Press.

That view, from a nation with traditionally reliable intelligence from the region, cannot be confirmed and contrasts with assessments by other countries that view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as relatively moderate on the nuclear issue compared to the country’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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