Iran

Officials of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency said in a letter that the report contained some "erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated statements."

Yesterday's letter, a copy of which was provided to The Washington Post, was the first time the IAEA has publicly disputed U.S. allegations about its Iran investigation. The agency noted five major errors in the committee's 29-page report, which said Iran's nuclear capabilities are more advanced than either the IAEA or U.S. intelligence has shown.

Among the committee's assertions is that Iran is producing weapons-grade uranium at its facility in the town of Natanz. The IAEA called that "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.

Washington Post
U.N. Inspectors Dispute Iran Report By House Panel
September 14, 2006

Last Sunday, Mohammad_Khatami, Iran's former president, had a talk at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government here in Boston, the talk is available on C-SPAN.

Not an expert on the topic, but his talk is worth watching.

The Q&A section of the talk was probably the most interesting, Harvard agreed to host him provided that Mohammad Khatami took unscripted questions from the audience. The questions and answers are the best part of the talk.

When asked about the uranium enrichment program he said something along the lines that Iran continued to abide by the IAEA regulations. That they had withdrawn from some voluntarily stricter regulation that they had suggested in the past. This is roughly from memory.

Posted on 15 Sep 2006 by Miguel de Icaza
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