US expert says Qaeda doesnt have capability to develop N-arsenal

October 24th, 2008 - 3:26 pm ICT by ANI  

Rome , Oct 24 (ANI): Rejecting CIA Director Michael Haydens assessment that Al Qaeda was a top nuclear concern, a leading US expert has said that the international terrorist organization only had intention and not the capability to develop a nuclear arsenal.

Hayden had earlier said that al-Qaeda was the CIAs top nuclear concern.

The CIA director based his assessment on intentions rather than capabilities, Jenkins, author of a new book Will Terrorists Go Nuclear?, said US expert Brian Jenkins, a senior adviser at the US think-tank Rand Corporation

Jenkins compared the threat posed by Al-Qaeda to the situation in Washington-branded rogue states, Iran and North Korea .

North Korea has nuclear weapons. Iran s nuclear weapons ambitions are backed up by a large contingent of nuclear scientists and an extensive network of nuclear facilities. The CIA, however, considers al-Qaeda the bigger threat because it assumes that if al-Qaeda had nuclear weapons, it would be most likely to use them, The News quoted Jenkins as saying in an interview with a news agency. (ANI)

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