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Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi on Sunday seemingly rejected the
possibility of a diplomatic solution to ease tensions over the country's
controversial nuclear program, accusing the West of using the
nuclear issue as "a pretext" to weaken Iran.
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"I think there is no purpose in making additional concessions," Salehi said in an interview with the German weekly Der Spiegel.
Salehi rejected the report released
by the International Atomic Energy Agency last week, which said that
evidence suggests Iran is working toward a nuclear weapon. The Iranian
foreign minister accused the UN nuclear watchdog, and its head Yukiya
Amano, of giving up "objectivity," and bowing to pressure from "certain
“We will call him and the atomic energy authority to account for these conclusions,” he told Der Spiegel
the UN nuclear watchdog showed letters and satellite images as part of
evidence pointing to military dimensions to Iran's atomic activities,
diplomats said, but Tehran's envoy dismissed it as "lousy" intelligence
Herman Nackaerts, head of nuclear inspections worldwide at the IAEA,
made an hour-long technical presentation of the agency's latest report
on Iran's nuclear program at a closed-door meeting for member states.
Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, said there were no nuclear-related activities at Parchin.
"There is no proof that Iranian activities are towards military purposes," he told reporters after the briefing.
"We do have conventional activities (at Parchin) and this has nothing to do with nuclear."
Saying the report had damaged the UN agency's credibility, Soltanieh
added in English: "This kind of lousy job of intelligence created
problems for all member states."