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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-11 01:18 PM
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2. Iran Escalates Anti-U.S. Rhetoric Over Nuclear Report
Source: NYT

Professing outrage over the release of a United Nations report on Iranian nuclear ambitions, Irans leaders escalated their anti-American vitriol on Wednesday, calling the report a fabrication, denouncing its chief author as a Washington stooge and vowing that their country would not be bullied into abandoning its nuclear program.

The tone of their reaction suggested that Irans leaders were clearly worried that the long-awaited report, released Tuesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, could sway world opinion and deepen Irans isolation, complicating its repeated claims that the goal of the nuclear program is energy, not weapons.

The report, buttressed by voluminous evidence not previously disclosed, concluded that Iran had been secretly engaged in behaviors that suggested it was seeking to construct an atomic weapon. The report also asserted that Iran may be researching ways to deliver a nuclear weapon via a missile warhead. It was the first time that the agency, an arm of the United Nations, had made such assertions.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran led the verbal assault on the report, speaking to crowds during a visit to southwestern Iran on Wednesday. In his first response since the reports release, he said it had been orchestrated by Irans enemies, principally the United States, which he said had dictated the reports findings.

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