Iran rejects nuclear weapons suspicions as fabricatedMay 30th, 2008 - 12:59 am ICT by admin
Vienna, May 29 (DPA) Iran Thursday refuted all evidence of a possible military dimension of its nuclear programme as “fabrications”. Tehran’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh, said documents presented by the UN nuclear watchdog were fakes.
In a briefing for the IAEA’s 35 board member states, chief inspector Olli Heinonen laid out intelligence the IAEA received from about 10 member states, diplomats present at the meeting said.
The weaponization studies regarding uranium conversion, high explosives testing and design of a missile re-entry vehicle remained a “matter of serious concern,” IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in a confidential report forwarded to the UN Security Council Monday.
“Substantive” information was needed from Iran to verify its claims that there was no military dimension to its nuclear programme, ElBaradei said, while Iran claims it “left no question unanswered.”
Iran refuted the intelligence, pointing out discrepancies in details of names of involved officials, dates and procedural inconsistencies.
IAEA inspectors were regarding the information as quite credible, giving the range of sources, content and timeframe of the documents, a senior UN official said.