Kouchner: France does not believe Iran's nuclear claim

February 12, 2010 12:24


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PARIS — French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Friday said France does not believe Iran's claim that it is capable of enriching uranium to near weapons-grade levels.

The "Americans don't believe, not any more than us, that Iran is currently capable of enriching uranium to 80 percent," Kouchner told Europe 1 radio.

However, Kouchner added that Iran's claim "adds to the dangerousness" of the situation.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday said that Iran has the capacity "to enrich uranium more than 20 percent or 80 percent" but that it doesn't intend to build a bomb. A 90 percent-plus level is needed for a weapon.

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