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Muhammad el-Baradei, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (file photo) (epa)
September 14, 2006 -- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has protested to the U.S. government over what it says is false information about Iran's nuclear program.
In a letter sent to the head of the House of Representatives' Select Committee on Intelligence, the IAEA says a recent U.S. report describing Iran's nuclear program as a strategic threat contains "erroneous, misleading, and unsubstantiated information."
The letter says the U.S. report states that Iran is enriching uranium to weapons-grade levels. The IAEA says that claim is not true. The UN nuclear watchdog says Iran is enriching uranium to 3.6 percent, far below the 90 percent needed to produce nuclear weapons.
IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming says the agency protested the U.S. report as it "had to set the record straight with regards to the facts."