Iran downplays part of IAEA report on its nuclear program

11:20, February 28, 2011      

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Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said Sunday that the issue of the alleged studies mentioned in the latest report of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano "lacks any real basis," the official IRNA news agency reported.

Under the term "alleged studies," which is supposedly based on a set of purloined top-secret Iranian military documents, the United States claimed that Iran is covertly pursuing a nuclear- weapons program.

In a report issued on Friday by Amano, it said that new information received by IAEA adds to further concerns that Iran has possibly worked on nuclear weapons.

Salehi expressed hope that the issue of the alleged studies would be removed from the next reports of the UN nuclear watchdog about Iran's "peaceful nuclear activities."

He told the official IRNA news agency that the alleged studies is an "unfounded matter" originally brought to the IAEA's report by former chief of the IAEA Mohamed ElBaradei under the pressures of the western states.

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