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Iran cries foul over IAEA report

Iran cries foul over IAEA report
A worker rides his bike past the Bushehr nuclear power plant on October 26, 2010 as Iran began to load fuel into the core of its first atomic power plant some 745 miles south of Tehran. The Russian-built power plant is supervised by the United Nation's nuclear agency. UPI/Mehr News Agency/Majid Asgarpour | License Photo

TEHRAN, June 10 (UPI) -- Reports about the Iranian nuclear program aren't balanced or factual, the country's envoy to the IAEA said after a damaging report.

The International Atomic Energy Agency in a report this week said it couldn't verify the true intent of the Iranian nuclear program.

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IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano expressed concern to Iran last month "about the existence of possible military dimensions" to the country's nuclear program.

Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh, Iran's envoy to the IAEA, in a lengthy response to Amano's report discounted the allegations as unbalanced.

In statements published by the semiofficial Fars News Agency, Soltaniyeh said it was "unbelievable" that the IAEA board of governors could put his country on its agenda after more than eight years of "robust inspections, with a clean bill of health and no evidence of diversion of nuclear material to military purpose."

He said other countries, such as Israel and South Korea, were left out of the IAEA report but had suspicious nuclear activity.

"The report is not balanced and factual since it has not duly reflected the extensive cooperation made by the Islamic republic of Iran, the contents of letters and explanations to the questions of or communication made with the agency," he added.

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