UN Report on Iran Nuclear Program a Fabrication, Says FM

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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that evidence which the UN reportedly plans to release showing alleged Iranian work on nuclear weapons is a fabrication.

Diplomats have told The Associated Press that the UN atomic agency plans to reveal intelligence next week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead, as well as other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, after unveiling uranium centrifuge in Tehran on April 9, 2010.Credit: AP

But Salehi during a press conference in Tehran Saturday said that the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency had given in to U.S.¬pressure to level accusations against Tehran.

"The Americans raised documents like this in the past: the Niger scandal", he said, in reference to claims made prior to the 2003 Iraq war, based on a forgery, that Baghdad had sought uranium from Niger.

Israeli and western media have increased speculation in recent days that Israel might launch a strike on Iran's nuclear sites. Some analysts say that, rather than any firm evidence military action is imminent, the chatter reflects efforts to increase diplomatic pressure on Tehran.

Salehi said Iran did not fear possible revelations in a report to be issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday that western diplomats say will make a
"compelling case" the Iranian nuclear program is not entirely peaceful.

"They are claiming that they are going to publish new documents. We know what the truth is - let them publish them and we'll see what happens. Will they not be called into question as an agency that is under pressure by foreign powers?" Salehi said.

The IAEA report is an "attack from the West against Iran ... just an assault to pressure Iran into subjugation," he said.

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