Foreign Ministry issues harsh response – FM Lieberman
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Israel: IAEA hiding Iran info
Jerusalem issues angry response to latest atomic watchdog's report on Iran; account fails to reflect Tehran's concealment, deception efforts, Israel says, urges international community to adopt decisive position vis-à-vis Iranians
Harsh response from Jerusalem: The Foreign Ministry slammed Saturday the latest United Nations report on Iran's nuclear program, claiming that the International Atomic Energy Agency is holding back some information.


"The report is harsh, yet at the same time it does not reflect all the information available to the IAEA regarding Iran's efforts to progress with its military program, as well as its ongoing concealment and deception efforts," Jerusalem said.


The Ministry also said the report does not fully reflect Iran's failure to cooperate with IAEA and adhere to the international community's demands.


"Israel expects the intentional community to soon adopt substantive steps aimed at eliminating Iran's military nuclear program," the Foreign Ministry added. It also noted that several high-profile conventions will be held in the near future, including IAEA's annual meeting and the UN General Assembly in New York.


"Israel believes that the governments that will take part in these events have the responsibility to express a decisive position, which will lead to decisions that would force Iran to comply with Security Council resolutions," the Ministry said.


Earlier Saturday, Iran claimed that the UN atomic watchdog had confirmed its nuclear program was peaceful and vowed to resist political pressure to change it, a news agency reported.


"The report emphasized ... that Iran's nuclear activities are peaceful," Iran's envoy to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh told the semi-official Fars news agency.


"It shows Iran has continued its cooperation with the agency ... but at the same time will not accept any political pressure to take measures beyond its legal commitments," he said.


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