By VOA News
Iran has accused the United States of forging documents and other intelligence to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency that says Iran had studied ways to make atomic bombs.
In a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency made available to reporters Saturday, Iranian envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh accused the U.S. of providing the agency with forged documents. He said the U.S. has no credible evidence that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.
The Development and Proliferation of
Today eight countries
are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons states
United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France
and China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons
according to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All
members of the United Nations except Israel, India and Pakistan have
signed the NPT.
The U.S. and other Western nations have accused Iran of enriching uranium to build a nuclear bomb. Iran has repeatedly denied this, saying they are only pursuing nuclear energy.
Last month, the IAEA issued a report saying Iran
is continuing to enrich uranium, though at a slower rate than previously
reported. the IAEA also said Iran's government was cooperating with U.N.
inspectors, but would not answer questions about whether its program has
In its August report, the IAEA said Iran has increased the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges by around 1,000 to 8,300, but the report said the number of centrifuges that were actually functioning had decreased.
The IAEA also criticized Syria for not fully cooperating on efforts to address allegations it was building a covert nuclear reactor on a remote desert site that was bombed by Israel in 2007.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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