British government says US may attack Iran
Bush may attack if he thinks diplomacy has failed to solve the N-issue with Iran.Updated:
United States President George W Bush may attack Iran next year before the end of his tenure if he thinks diplomacy has failed to solve the nuclear issue with the Asian country, senior British government sources said.
The sources fear President Bush will seek to "settle the Iranian question through military means" next year, before the end of his second term if he concludes that diplomacy has failed, The Times reported.
"He will not want to leave it unresolved for his successor," they said.
The Guardian newspaper reported that much of the intelligence inputs provided by US spy agencies to UN inspectors on Iran's nuclear facilities has proved to be "unfounded".
Most of it has turned out to be incorrect, the report said quoting a Vienna based diplomat at the IAEA with detailed knowledge of the agency's investigations.
"They gave us a paper with a list of sites. (The inspectors) did some follow-up, they went to some military sites, but there was no sign of (banned nuclear) activities," he said.
"Now (the inspectors) don't go in blindly. Only if it passes a credibility test," the report quoted the diplomat as saying.
In July 2005, US intelligence officials showed printed versions of the material to IAEA officials.
But Tehran rejected the material as forgeries and there are still reservations about its authenticity in the IAEA.
"First of all, if you have a clandestine programme, you don't put it on laptops which can walk away," one official told The Guardian.
"The data is all in English which may be reasonable for some of the technical matters, but at some point you'd have thought there would be at least some notes in Farsi. So there is some doubt over the provenance of the computer," he said.
First Published: Feb 23, 2007 13:39 IST