U.S. may be ad­just­ing in­tel­li­gence to fit its anti-Iran pol­icy: Fitz­patrick

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN – Mark Fitz­patrick be­lieves the United States may be in the process of ad­just­ing in­tel­li­gence to serve its anti-Iran agenda ahead, rather than bas­ing its for­eign pol­icy on in­tel­li­gence.

Fitz­patrick, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute for Strate­gic Stud­ies (IISS), made the as­sump­tion, pub­lished in an ar­ti­cle on the IISS web­site on Mon­day, af­ter trac­ing Wash­ing­ton’s al­le­ga­tions that try to ac­cuse Iran of pur­su­ing a chem­i­cal weapons pro­gram.

He pointed to Wash­ing­ton’s ac­cu­sa­tion at a re­view con­fer­ence of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for the Preven­tion of Chem­i­cal Weapons (OPCW) last month where U.S. of­fi­cials claimed that Iran main­tains an un­de­clared of­fen­sive chem­i­cal-weapons pro­gram.

“The U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive ex­pressed con­cerns that Iran was de­vel­op­ing ‘cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem-act­ing chem­i­cals’ for of­fen­sive mil­i­tary pur­poses, and cited three past cases of re­port­ing fail­ures by Iran,” Fitz­patrick noted, adding that the U.S. State De­part­ment in March said it could not cer­tify that Iran does not main­tain a sus­pected un­de­clared chem­i­cal-weapons stock­pile.

“Now, sud­denly,” Fitz­patrick con­tin­ued, “the U.S. has changed its po­si­tion from ‘not cer­ti­fy­ing a nega­tive’ to a pos­i­tive claim.”

“It is un­likely that new dis­pos­i­tive ev­i­dence of a chem­i­cal-weapons pro­gram has emerged in the past few months,” he wrote, adding, “Rather, there is a new pol­icy of go­ing af­ter Iran on all fronts. Is the in­tel­li­gence be­ing ad­justed to fit the pol­icy?”

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