U.S. intelligence agencies have a poor record of assessing foreign nuclear programs. For North Korea’s two nuclear weapons tests, intelligence agencies were unsure about the tests when they occurred.
The International Atomic Energy Agency in November released new details of Iran’s work on nuclear weapons, including development of a nuclear warhead for its Shahab-3 missile and preparations for a nuclear test.
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Bill Gertz is a national security columnist for The Washington Times and senior editor at The Washington Free Beacon (www.freebeacon.com). He has been with The Times since 1985.
He is the author of six books, four of them national best-sellers. His latest book, “The Failure Factory,” on government bureaucracy and national security, was published in September 2008.
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