NIE report’s pre-Sept. 2003 allegation is a lie: Mottaki

December 9, 2007 - 0:0

TEHRAN - The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran’s nuclear activities was 70 percent based on reality, but the 30 percent which concerned Iran’s activities before September 2003 was all lies, Iranian Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki said here on Saturday.

The U.S. intelligence agencies’ report proves that Iran does not seek nuclear weapons, Mottaki said during a conference held to review the process of Iran’s nuclear activities at Amir Kabir University.
“This report was prepared in January, and the U.S. president knew about it for many months,” but it was published at this time due to internal conflicts between hawks and doves in the U.S. government, the foreign minister added.
“Some believe that we were thrilled by the report, but this is not true,” he said.
In the report, “they said that they had obtained the information from satellites, and on the day when it was released we protested to the Swiss Embassy, asking them why the country whose Interests Section they host has openly confessed to espionage,” he stated.
Iran’s peaceful nuclear technology is a capability and a “value added” for the nation, Mottaki said.
The Islamic Republic’s officials have based their plans on the aspiration of the Supreme Leader and the Iranian nation to develop civilian nuclear technology, he added.
Of course, in the beginning, Western countries could not tolerate this course of action, so they adopted various stances and opposed it, he noted.
“They created such a commotion, as if the entire world was willfully opposed to Iran obtaining its inalienable rights, which are within the framework of international law and (its status as a) signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and this was very strange,” he added.
The Islamic Republic is sure that it is not isolated because of its nuclear program, and a few countries should not be regarded as the entire world, he said.
The nuclear program is a national project and has nothing to do with Iran’s internal political differences, Mottaki stressed.
Tehran is not seeking adventurism, Mottaki noted, adding, “We are just seeking our rights.”
Mottaki also stated that the Russian government is determined to take the final step to complete the Bushehr nuclear power plant and expressed hope that Moscow would fulfill its promise as soon as possible