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IAEA Complains About US House Committee Report on Iran

U.N. inspectors have complained to the Bush administration and a Congressional committee about its recent report on Iran's nuclear program, calling parts of the document "outrageous and dishonest."

The International Atomic Energy Agency sent a letter to the chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Republican Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, earlier this week.

The letter said the Congressional committee's report issued on August 23 contained some "erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated statements."

It said the report suggested that Iran's nuclear program is far more advanced than the IAEA as well as Washington's own intelligence assessments have determined. The letter noted five major errors in the committee's report, including the assertion that Iran is producing weapons-grade uranium.

The letter signed by a top aide to the IAEA chief, Mohammad ElBaradei, is apparently the first time the nuclear watchdog agency publicly has disputed U.S. allegations about its investigation of the Iranian case. A copy of the letter was given to the U.S. envoy to the IAEA in Vienna.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.