Iran rejects UN watchdog report on weapons program

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Posted: May 25, 2011 8:42 AM
Iran rejects UN watchdog report on weapons program

Iran's nuclear chief has dismissed the latest report by the U.N. watchdog agency saying that Tehran may be working on an atomic weapons program, calling it a "fabrication."

Fereidoun Abbasi says the report on Iran's alleged nuclear weapons' activities was based on wrongful information provided by a "few arrogant countries" _ a phrase authorities in Iran often use to refer to the United States and its allies. Abbasi's remarks were reported on Wednesday by state television.

The International Atomic Energy Agency on Tuesday issued a restricted report for a June meeting of the 35-nation IAEA board that will discuss Iran's nuclear program.

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Iran denies.