Iranians Denounce IAEA Nuke Report

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other top officials of the Islamic Republic rejected the International Atomic Energy Agency's report on its nuclear-arms program.

"You should know that this nation will not pull back even a needle's width from the path it is on," Ahmadinejad declared on Iranian state-run television. "Why do you damage the agency's dignity because of America's invalid claims?"

"They have empowered a person in the IAEA who has no authority and violates the agency's rules by repeating the words of the U.S.," Ahmadinejad said, the state-sponsored FARS news agency reported.

Parviz Sorouri, a member of Iran's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, called it a "political" report that lacks legal standing.

"An [sic] body which should be a place for experts to realize the truth and reality has prepared and released a political report today," FARS quoted Sorouri.

"Actually the IAEA has committed a suicide by releasing its new report," he added.

Another senior legislator, Kazzem Jalali, told FARS "it is regretful that the agency has always confused political and legal approaches in this ground."

"The issue proves that international organizations are not expert bodies, but they are political organizations that are serving certain goals and intentions," Jalali said.

"If the agency is after the truth, why has it not released any report on the U.S. atomic bombs concealed in a thousand military bases," he said.

Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh, the Iranian envoy to the IAEA, called the report "skewed, unprofessional and political," claiming it "aroused the protest of most IAEA member states."

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office released a statement saying Israel will respond to the report after studying it more thoroughly.

Netanyahu admonished cabinet ministers to refrain from talking with the media about the report.

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