English home Forum Photo Gallery Features Newsletter Archive   About US Help Site Map
- Newsletter
- Online Community
- China Biz Info
- News Archive
- Feedback
- Voices of Readers
- Weather Forecast
 RSS Feeds
- China 
- Business 
- World 
- Sci-Edu 
- Culture/Life 
- Sports 
- Photos 
- Most Popular 
- FM Briefings 
 About China
- China at a glance
- China in brief 2004
- Chinese history
- Constitution
- Laws & regulations
- CPC & state organs
- Ethnic minorities
- Selected Works of Deng Xiaoping

Home >> World
UPDATED: 07:55, May 24, 2007
Bush authorizes new covert action against Iran: report
font size    

U.S. President George W. Bush has secretly authorized the CIA to mount a covert operation to destabilize the Iranian government, reported on Wednesday.

Quoting current and former U.S. officials in the intelligence community, the report said Bush has signed a "nonlethal presidential finding" that puts into motion a CIA plan, which includes a coordinated campaign of propaganda, disinformation and manipulation of Iran's currency and international financial transactions.

In public, administration officials declined to comment on the issue.

National Security Council Spokesman Gordon Johndroe said, "The White House does not comment on intelligence matters."

A CIA spokesperson said, "As a matter of course, we do not comment on allegations of covert activity."

However, officials privately told that the CIA developed the covert plan over the last year and received approval from the White House officials and other officials in the intelligence community.

The covert plan is designed to pressure Iran to stop its nuclear enrichment program and put an end to the aid it is providing to insurgents in Iraq.

At the same time, current and former intelligence officials said that the approval of the covert action also means the Bush administration, for the time being, has decided not to pursue a military option against Iran.

Source: Xinhua

Comments on the story Comment on the story Recommend to friends Tell a friend Print friendly Version Print friendly format Save to disk Save this

- Text Version
- RSS Feeds
- China Forum
- Newsletter
- People's Comment
- Most Popular
 Related News
- U.S. to complain to IAEA chief over Iran enrichment

- Iran's UN envoy to lead talks with U.S. on Iraq: report

- Iran issues likely to be discussed during Tehran-Washington talks: report

- Iran to urge for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in upcoming talks with Washington: spokesman

Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.


Copyright by People's Daily Online, all rights reserved