Intel Chief: Pressured Iran Might Strike In U.S.
Top United States intelligence officials had a dire warning for Congress on Tuesday; that Iran would likely launch terrorist attacks on U.S. soil as pressure mounts against the regime in Tehran.
The alarming assessment is making a tense situation even more serious.
The briefing by the nation’s top intelligence officers added another ominous development to the possible showdown with Iran.
In his written statement, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said last year’s abortive plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s ambassador in Washington “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States.”
And the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Diane Feinstein (D, Calif.) said the showdown could come to a head this year. “I think,” she said, “2012 will be a critical year for convincing or preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”
Amid the warnings, a U.N. nuclear team announced plans Wednesday to revisit Tehran “in the very near future,” indicating some progress on its efforts to get information from Iran about allegations that it is secretly working on a nuclear weapons program.