'Iran had no military nuclear programme before 2003'

"Iran has had no military nuclear programme at any stage, not before and not after 2003, and any claims in this regard are solely baseless assumptions," Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said.

'Iran had no military nuclear programme before 2003'
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman on Sunday denied claims by US intelligence agencies that Iran had a military nuclear programme before 2003.

"Iran has had no military nuclear programme at any stage, not before and not after 2003, and any claims in this regard are solely baseless assumptions," Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said in his weekly press briefing in Tehran.

US intelligence released a report last Monday verifying Iran had halted its atomic weapons programme in 2003 and seemed less determined to develop nuclear arms than the administration of President George W. Bush previously believed.

"But even regardless of this fact, the report revealed the lies by the US government in the recent regarding Iran's peaceful programmes and disgraced the US in front of the world public opinion," the spokesman added.

Hosseini blamed Bush for "still insisting on his illogical stance despite the report by 16 of his own US intelligence agencies."

"The report reflected the truth and based on that the Iranian nuclear dossier should be returned from the United Nations Security Council to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," the spokesman said.

Hosseini confirmed that a note was sent Saturday to the Swiss embassy in Tehran, which represents US interests, in Iran to protest the use of espionage methods to compile the NIE report on Iran's nuclear programmes.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Wednesday during a trip to the western Ilam province that the US intelligence report "went beyond the nuclear issue."

"We de facto won the battle against the US for maintaining grace and independence. This is a great historic achievement," the president said.

Following the report, Tehran demanded that the West drop all charges against Iran and sees no justification for another UN Security Council resolution and financial sanctions.

"But if there is another UN resolution, then Iran would be forced to revise its cooperation with the IAEA," spokesman Hosseini warned.


Agencies

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Aralık 2007, 18:46
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