Iran: US Misled the World About Our Nuclear Program

By Julie Stahl | July 7, 2008 | 8:18 PM EDT

Jerusalem ( - An Iranian government spokesman said on Tuesday that "Americans should pay the price" for turning international public opinion against Iran in regards to its nuclear program.

"The entire world has accepted the reality that Iran's peaceful nuclear activities contained no diversion and complied with the international rules and conventions," Iranian government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said on Tuesday, the Iranian Fars News Agency reported.

"All Iranian nuclear centers run activity under the rules and regulations as well as inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency," he said.

An American National Intelligence Estimate released on Monday said that Iran had stopped its work on developing nuclear weapons in 2003. The report also said that Iran was continuing to enrich uranium, and it said the Islamic Republic would be able to enrich enough for a bomb by 2010 at the earliest.

Until now, the U.S. has led the international campaign against Iran, claiming that it was using its civilian nuclear program as a cover-up to make an atomic bomb.

Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki welcomed what he called the U.S. decision to "correct" its assessment of Iran, state-run radio reported.

"It's natural that we welcome ... countries that correct their views realistically which in the past had questions and ambiguities about [Iran's nuclear activities]," Mottaki said.

Alaeddin Boroujerdi, described as a conservative Iranian lawmaker, was quoted by the Iranian news agency IRNA as saying that the "confession" by the American administration's "most sensitive organ" proved that Iran's "nuclear program is peaceful."

But President Bush disputed their assessment on Tuesday.

"Iran is dangerous," Bush said in a televised address. He pledged to work with the international community to keep up the pressure on Iran.

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