WASHINGTON (AP) - Top U.S. intelligence officials are telling Congress that if Iran is attacked over its alleged nuclear weapons program, it could respond by closing the Strait of Hormuz to ships and launch missiles at regional U.S. forces and allies.
Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess tells senators Iran is unlikely to initiate or intentionally provoke a conflict.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says it's "technically feasible" that Tehran could produce a nuclear weapon in one or two years, if its leaders decide to build one, "but practically not likely."
He says recent diplomatic outreach by Iran to European diplomats could indicate that officials there are reconsidering the program.
Both men say they do not believe Israel has decided to strike Iran.
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