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. Iran hails UN nuclear report as 'success'
TEHRAN, Feb 22 (AFP) Feb 22, 2008
Iran on Thursday hailed the latest UN nuclear watchdog report into its atomic programme as a "success," saying it proved that Western accusations that it wanted nuclear weapons were baseless.

"The report published today is new proof of the legitmacy of the position of the Islamic republic and the reality of the declarations by Iran," Jalili told a news conference in Tehran.

"This shows that the accusations that others have made are false. I congratulate the Iranian people for this success which is due to their resistance."

Jalili said that the report showed that all remaining areas of ambiguity about the Iranian nuclear programme had been cleared.

"Now those who were looking for pretexts have nothing to talk about," he said.

In its latest report on the Iranian nuclear programme, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it had received more information from Tehran but complained that this was not complete.

It said it was still not in a position to determine the "full nature of Iran's nuclear programme" which the West fears could be used to make nuclear weapons.

State news agency IRNA was headlining all its stories on the report with the epithet "Iran victorious in the nuclear case."

Presenting the report, IAEA chief Mohammed ElBaradei said his agency had made "quite good progress" in clarifying outstanding issues but said this progress was still not enough.

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