Kouchner: France does not believe Iran's nuclear claim

PARIS — French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Friday said France doesnot believe Iran's claim that it is capable of enriching uranium tonear weapons-grade levels.

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

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

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