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U.S. intelligence report clears Iran nuclear program
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN -- The latest report by the U.S. intelligence community clearly proves that Iran’s nuclear program is completely peaceful, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in a statement here on Tuesday.
“This report proves many facts, the most important being that the statements of (U.S. President George W.) Bush and other United States officials, who always speak of the serious danger of Iran’s nuclear program, are fabricated and unreliable,” Hosseini noted.
In a report released on Monday, U.S. intelligence agencies said Iran currently has no nuclear weapons program and probably can’t produce enough uranium for a bomb until 2010 at the earliest.
The report said that U.S. allegations about Iran’s nuclear objectives have been exaggerated for at least two years, AFP reported.
The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the consensus view of all 16 U.S. spy agencies, said that Iran appeared “less determined to develop nuclear weapons than we have been judging since 2005.”
“But we do not know whether it currently intends to develop nuclear weapons,” cautioned declassified findings of the estimate, which starkly contradicted the U.S. spy agencies’ 2005 conclusions.
The fact that in 2005 their report stated Iran was determined to produce nuclear weapons but in 2007 they confidently rejected the previous conclusion clearly proves the unrealistic and biased nature of the reports by the U.S. intelligence agencies, Hosseini said.
Iran’s actions and the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency all show that the country’s nuclear program has not deviated and that the previous U.S. reports claiming Iran intended to manufacture nuclear weapons were totally baseless, he asserted.
Reports and unjust pressure can not deceive the world about the realities of the matter and the documentation of dozens of IAEA technical and legal reports, the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.
The report provides evidence that the decision to send Iran’s nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council was an unlawful act because, according to the findings of the U.S. intelligence agencies, the country did not have any military nuclear programs when the issue was referred to the Security Council in 2006, he stated.
This report also sends a message to the United States’ European allies, he said, adding, “They should revise their unrealistic policies” and adopt just and logical approaches.
Mottaki welcomes U.S. intelligence report
Iran's Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki welcomed the U.S. intelligence report, saying it proved the peaceful nature of the atomic drive.
""We welcome all countries that had questions about Iran's nuclear case in the past -- regardless of their motives -- when they realistically correct their views,"" he told state radio.
Mottaki added that the various reports issued on the Iranian nuclear drive in the past months showed ""the current trend of Iran's nuclear activities is peaceful.""
U.S. must 'pay the price' for nuclear accusations
Iran said Tuesday the Bush administration must ""pay the price"" for what it called ""lies"" concerning Tehran's nuclear program.
On its Web site, Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency called the updated estimate ""a necessary and positive step in Tehran-Washington relations, but undoubtedly is not sufficient.""
""The U.S. administration should know that only admitting a mistake is not enough,"" the IRNA report said.
Iranian government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham, quoted on the IRNA site, was more harsh but offered no specifics.
""U.S. officials have so far inflicted ... damage on the Iranian nation by spreading lies against the country and by disturbing public opinion, therefore, they have to pay the price for their action,"" Elham is quoted as saying.
U.S. national security adviser Stephen Hadley expressed hope after Monday's announcement of the new estimate, but he claimed Iran remains a serious threat