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IAEA: Congress Panel Cooking Intel on Iran


The Washington Post is reporting today: “U.N. inspectors investigating Iran’s nuclear program angrily complained to the Bush administration and to a Republican congressman yesterday about a recent House committee report on Iran’s capabilities, calling parts of the document ‘outrageous and dishonest’ and offering evidence to refute its central claims.”

Ong is Iran Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Nonproliferation. She said today: “The International Atomic Energy Agency called the report’s assertions that Iran is producing weapons-grade uranium at its facility in the town of Natanz ‘incorrect,’ noting that weapons-grade uranium is enriched to a level of 90 percent or more. Iran has enriched uranium to 3.5 percent under IAEA monitoring.” Ong gives a breakdown of the evidence on her blog.
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National coordinator of Just Foreign Policy, Naiman said today: “As in Iraq, the faction of Congress and the administration hungry for military confrontation with Iran is again trying to cook the intelligence and undermine the international inspection system. While the Washington Post ran the committee’s report on page 1, the IAEA’s refutation ran on page 17. The IAEA’s refutation deserves at least as much attention as the committee report, since they are the legitimate experts. Americans should ask their representatives in Congress to oppose another U.S. military fiasco in the Middle East based on manufactured evidence.”
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167