IAEA Denounces Lies in U.S. Report on Iran

September 16, 2006

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, has sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives' Select Committee on Intelligence, criticizing it for "outrageous and dishonest" reporting on Iran.

It said a report issued by the Committee on August 23rd falsely described Iran to have enriched uranium at its pilot centrifuge plant to weapons-grade level in April, even though IAEA inspectors had made clear Iran had enriched only to a low level only usable for nuclear power reactor fuel. The lies in the report gave the impression Iran's nuclear fuel program was much more advanced than a series of IAEA reports and Washington's own intelligence assessments have determined.

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said: "We felt obliged to put the record straight with regard to the facts on what we have reported on Iran. It's a matter of the integrity of the IAEA."

The IAEA has been inspecting Iran's nuclear program since 2003, and it has found no evidence that Iran is working on atomic weapons.

On September 13, however, U.S. officials again repeated its lies about Iran, saying Iran was "aggressively" pursuing nuclear weapons research.