Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis
WASHINGTON, June 29 (Xinhua) -- The United States has
beefed up its covert effort to undermine Iran's leadership since Congress
approved late last year President George W. Bush's funding request of 400
million U.S. dollars against the Islamic republic, the New Yorker magazine
Following the special investment by the Bush
administration, the United States has increased its support for Iran's minority
and dissidents and intelligence gathering about Iran's nuclear facilities, the
U.S. magazine quoted former military, intelligence, and congressional sources as
Although U.S. clandestine operations aimed at
destabilizing Iran's government are by no means new, the "scale and the scope of
the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the
Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded,"
the magazine noted.
The United States has no diplomatic relations with
Iran since April 1980, five months after Iranian students occupied the American
embassy in Teheran. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days.
Washington strongly accused Tehran of trying to
develop nuclear weapons under the cover of its stated goal of developing
civilian nuclear power. Iran denies U.S. allegations.