The publication of the US National Intelligence Estimate has caught the Gulf States off balance.
The release of the US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) in December 2007 – which seemed to argue that Iran had stopped the weaponisation of its nuclear programme – has continued to create ripple effects not only in the Middle East but also throughout the world. The US, Europe and Israel continue to regard Iran as a threat; demands for tougher economic sanctions on Tehran are made not only in Washington, but also in most European capitals. A different, although equally
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