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Tehran Says Upcoming IAEA Report Based On 'Counterfeit' Claims

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said in comments published today that a crucial upcoming IAEA report on Iran's nuclear program is based on "counterfeit" claims.

The report is expected to be released to members of the International Atomic Energy Agency on November 8 or 9.

Diplomats at the UN nuclear watchdog say the report alleges Iran did theoretical modeling on nuclear warheads and is developing missiles to carry them.

One Western diplomat said the report contains an "extensive body of evidence that will be very hard for Iran to refute as forgery."

Israeli media has speculated the report could be used by Israel as justification for air strikes against Iran's nuclear facilities.

Israeli President Shimon Peres warned late on November 5 that an attack on Iran was "more and more likely" because of intelligence concerns that "Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon."

compiled from agency reports

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