“German court ruling on Iran nuclear program not at conclusive as claimed”

“German court ruling on Iran nuclear program not at conclusive as claimed”
July 20-29, 2009
     Oliver Meier criticizes a recent Wall Street Journal article in which Bruno Schirra claims the BND, Germany’s intelligence agency, contradicted the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate by concluding that Iran’s nuclear program had continued after 2003. Schirra’s article focuses on a legal opinion issued in March by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice arguing that “development work on nuclear weapons can be observed in Iran even after 2003” based on classified BND reports. The question of whether Iran had a nuclear weapons program in 2007 was crucial to deciding whether a German-Iranian businessman accused of smuggling dual-use materials in 2007 should undergo trial. Schirra points out that the BND had submitted “office testimony” consisting of factual statements that can be proven in a court of law, concluding that US intelligence officials “sabotage[d]” the 2007 NIE by ignoring evidence from the BND (Wall Street Journal).
     Oliver Meier counters that the Court only concluded it was “sufficiently likely” that Iran had a nuclear weapons program in 2007 and explicitly stated it was not issuing a substantive judgment on the issue. Meier points out that, according to the Court’s descriptions, the BND reports were based on information about Iranian procurement of nuclear technologies and efforts to develop nuclear weapons delivery systems but did not contain actual evidence of nuclear weapons development (Total Wonkerr).
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