U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly wary of an attack from Iran overseas, or even on American soil. In an open hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper highlighted last year’s attempted assassination of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S. and declared that this plot “shows that some Iranian officials — probably including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived U.S. actions that threaten the regime.” He also raised concern that Tehran may target the interests of America or its allies abroad.
Notably, the Senate Banking Committee this week advanced bipartisan legislation authorizing a new round of sanctions against Iran. The Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Human Rights Act will now go to the full Senate for consideration.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations