US should assume Iran seeks nukes: Kissinger
WASHINGTON — Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger said in an interview on Sunday that the United States should assume that Iran is actively preparing to build nuclear weapons.
Kissinger, 88, was asked on the CNN show “GPS” if the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon was so dire that Israel would need to launch a military strike in the near future.
“I am very uneasy with the so-called intelligence report that say we don’t know whether they are actually working on nuclear weapons,” Kissinger told CNN.
“I think we should start from the premise that they are undergoing all this in order to achieve a military capability. I don’t think that is a disputable point.”
US intelligence analysts believe there is no hard evidence that Iran has decided to build a nuclear bomb — an assessment broadly consistent with a 2007 intelligence finding that concluded that Iran had abandoned its nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported in February, citing unnamed US officials.