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Iran says U.S. using forged documents to support nuclear claims

Tehran claims the U.S. is using forged documents and fabricated intelligence to convince the world Iran is building a nuclear weapon.

Iran has written an 8-page letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) condemning the U.S. allegations against Iran as fabricated, baseless and false.

The letter also attacks France and Britain saying their motivations in dealing with Iran are political, and conceived out of ill will.

The letter precedes a meeting by the IAEA next week.

Iran continues to maintain its nuclear activities are peaceful and for the purpose of generating electricity. The U.S., despite recent intelligence collated by the CIA which says Iran’s nuclear ambitions were abandoned some years ago, insists the Islamic Republic is intent on developing a nuclear bomb.

Tehran is said to be angry at the IAEA’s latest report, which claims Iran is defiantly continuing to enrich uranium, and refusing to co-operate with information about its nuclear activities.

In the letter, Iran insists it has demonstrated its full commitment to its obligations under a nuclear safeguards agreement entered into with the IAEA.

Iran has taken issue with the United States for what it describes as unspecified intelligence the U.S. has given to the agency, and other evidence which the U.S. says it retrieved from a laptop computer that it claims was smuggled out of Iran.

The U.S. has told the UN watchdog the intelligence proves Iran has been working on nuclear weapons, including missile trajectories and says the evidence proves Iran has been calculating altitudes for exploding warheads.

The material on the laptop is said to include videos of what U.S. intelligence officials believe were secret nuclear laboratories in Iran.

“By interfering in the work of the IAEA and exerting various political pressures, the government of the United States attempted to spoil the cooperative spirit between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA,” the Iran government’s letter to the IAEA said.

“The government of the United States has not handed over original documents to the agency since it does not in fact have any authenticated document and all it has are forged documents,” the letter says.

“The agency didn’t deliver any original documents to Iran and none of the documents and materials that were shown to Iran have authenticity and all proved to be fabricated, baseless allegations and false attributions to Iran,” the letter added.

“Therefore, this subject must be closed,” the letter concluded.

In a separate interview Saturday by the author of the letter, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Soltanieh says his country is co-operating with the UN agency, but it’s relationship with it is being undermined by the U.S. and its allies.

U.S. officials have not commented on the report.

In March this year U.S. National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples told a United States Senate Committee on Armed Services hearing that Iran has only low-enriched uranium, which there were no indications it was refining. Their comments countered ones made earlier by an Israeli general. Maples said the United States was arriving at different conclusions from the same facts.

According to a document released by the US State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research last month, Iran is unlikely to have the technical capability to produce HEU (highly enriched uranium, used for bombs) before 2013, and the U.S. intelligence community has no evidence that Iran has yet made the decision to produce highly enriched uranium.

The allegations in Iran’s letter to the IAEA are serious as the United States been previously accused of fabricating intelligence, and using forged documents, to justify an invasion of Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell provided the IAEA agency with dubious evidence, and staged a presentation before the United Nations during which he provided video clips, audios, and photographs demonstrating Iraq was manufacturing nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Almost all the intelligences used by the U.S. government to wage war on Iraq, including that turned over to the IAEA, and that used in the Powell presentation, was later found to be fabricated, false, and/or baseless. When Iraq was invaded in March 2003 no nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons were found.

Source: BigNewsNetwork.com


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