Washington 0
13 April 2021

The U.S. Intelligence Community’s 2021 Annual Threat Assessment found that “Iran will present a continuing threat to U.S. and allied interests in the region”, while highlighting: “Iran remains interested in developing networks inside the U.S… but the greatest risk to U.S. persons exists outside the Homeland, particularly in the Middle East and South Asia”. The report further maintained that “Iran’s expertise and willingness to conduct aggressive cyber operations make it a significant threat to the security of U.S. and allied networks and data… We expect Tehran to focus on online covert influence, such as spreading disinformation about fake threats or compromised election infrastructure and recirculating anti-U.S. content”. The report also “assess[ed] that Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities that we judge would be necessary to produce a nuclear device”.

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