An intelligence assessment says Iran's president wants to shed the nation's secrecy and forge ahead openly with developing nuclear weapons but is opposed by the clerical leadership.
The assessment shared with The Associated Press says Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is worried about international reaction to such a move.
That view, from a nation with traditionally reliable intelligence from the region, cannot be confirmed and contrasts with assessments by other countries. These view Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as relatively moderate on the nuclear issue compared to Khamenei.
They converge, however in noting that recent political divisions between Ahmadinejad and Khamenei have spilled over to encompass Iran's nuclear activities to a greater degree than before.
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