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IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program triggers concerns


15:12, November 09, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s report on Iran's nuclear program released Tuesday drew criticism from Iran and Russia, while the United States and Israel voiced grave concerns and suggested more sanctions, or even military action, against Tehran.

Iran's permanent representative to the IAEA Ali-Asghar Soltanieh called the IAEA report "baseless" and "politically motivated."

Soltanieh's comments came as IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano released a report accusing Iran of conducting activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Soltanieh said the IAEA report "contains nothing new" but is merely a repetition of previous allegations against Tehran.

Iran has already answered all those allegations and has proved they are not grounded in fact, he said.

Moreover, he alleged that Amano had prepared the report under pressure from certain Western countries including the United States.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that the IAEA should release reports on the U.S. atomic bombs concealed in 1,000 of its military bases.

The IAEA should rather report on the U.S. atomic weapons instead of releasing unreal reports on the civilian nuclear programs of independent countries like Iran, Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying by the local Fars news agency.

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Hammad Sethi at 2011-11-1092.25.140.*
This IAEA report on Iran"s nuclear program demonstrates what a small man the Japanese IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano really is.

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