US spy agencies have said that Iran could launch terrorist attacks on America if threatened, but has yet to develop the necessary technologies to implement a nuclear assault.
Tensions have escalated between the two nations as the US applies pressure on Iran over its alleged atomic weapons program.
Assessing external threats facing the United States of America, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reported on Tuesday that some Iranian officials might be willing to launch terror attacks on America.
The official linked US suspicions with the thwarted assassination of the Saudi Ambassador in the United States in December, which America alleges was plotted by Iran, but which Tehran denies.
“Some Iranian officials, probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei … are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime,” Clapper said, addressing the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The intelligence chief added that Iran has the technical capabilities to build a nuclear bomb, but has yet to make a decision to start the relevant production.