The CIA is in possession of found information regarding Iran’s secret nuclear facility as per claims of the nations’ opposition, the agency’s Director John Brennan said. Hence, whether or not P+5 powers reach a deal in terms of the country’s nuclear capabilities, the U.S. will continue to pressure Iran on its nuclear program, the director said.
CIA Has Sound Understanding Of Iran’s Nuclear Program
In an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked the director for comment on claims that Iran is running a secret nuclear facility world powers have no idea about. Brennan said he is confident the CIA has robust knowledge of Iran’s nuclear activities.
“I think we’ve gone to school on some of those developments over the last decade or so. We can now have a better plan and opportunity to verify some of the things that they are saying that they’re going to do and not do,” he said.
Brennan said whether the world powers and Iran reach an agreement or not, the U.S. will continue to put pressure on Iran in the hopes of stopping its nuclear development.
“The nuclear program is one issue that we’re hoping to be able to halt; but also, we see that Iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism. And so what we have to do, whether there’s a deal or not, is continue to keep pressure on Iran and to make sure that it is not able to continue to destabilize a number of the countries in the region,” Brennan said during the interview.
Brennan said that if Iran builds a nuclear bomb, there will be “tremendous costs and consequences and implications.” He said Iran can build a nuclear bomb but the nation should know that “they will do so at their peril.”
“President Obama has made it very clear that we are going to prevent Iran from having that type of nuclear weapon that they — they were going on the track to obtain. So if they decide to go down that route, they know that they will do so at their peril,” Brennan said.
He added that Iran will not be an ally even in the fight against the ISIS.
“I wouldn’t say that Iran is an ally right now. What I’m saying is that the Iranians are pursuing their interests inside of Iraq, some of which include efforts against ISIL in preventing that phenomenon from growing,” he said.
He said that the ISIS and Iran are equal in terms of threat they pose against the U.S.
Iran Nuclear Deal Is Within Reach
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said a nuclear deal with the world powers is within reach and achievable. He said representatives have reached a common ground in terms of Iran’s nuclear activities, CNN reported citing Islamic Republic News Agency.
Rouhani believes “clinching a general deal is easy.” However, arriving at a definite and specific deal “will be a very tough and complicated job.”
The world powers are hoping to get a deal sealed by March 31.
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