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White House Says Iran Assessment Report Inaccurate

The United States has long been accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian program.
by Staff Writers
Washington (XNA) Nov 23, 2006
The White House flatly denied on Monday a news report which said a secret CIA assessment found no conclusive evidence of Iran's nuclear weapons program. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the article was just another "error-filled piece" in a "series of inaccuracy-riddled articles about the Bush administration."

"The White House is not going to dignify the work of an author who has viciously degraded our troops, and whose articles consistently rely on outright falsehoods to justify his own radical views," she said.

The report, written by New Yorker magazine's investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, said the CIA analysis was based on technical intelligence collected by satellites and on other evidence like measurements of the radioactivity of water samples.

The assessment found no conclusive evidence on the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program running parallel to the civilian operations that Iran has declared publicly, it said.

Hersh's report also disclosed that Vice President Dick Cheney had said privately before the Nov. 7 midterm elections that even if the Democrats win, that would not stop the Bush administration from pursuing a military option with Iran.

The United States has long been accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian program.

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Official Says North Korea Won't Give Up Nuclear Weapons
Seoul (AFP) Nov 22, 2006
North Korea will not give up its nuclear weapons even though it has agreed to return to six-nation talks on scrapping its atomic programme, a senior North Korean diplomat was quoted Wednesday as saying. "The (six-party) talks will begin soon ... how can we abandon our nuclear weapons? Do you mean that we conducted a nuclear test to give them up?" First Vice Foreign Minister Kang Sok-Ju was quoted by South Korea's Yonhap news agency as saying.

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