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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is taking to task the Bush Administration and their Congressional counterparts for making false and/or misleading statements about Iran's nuclear ambitions and the IAEA's efforts to monitor their program.

If this sounds like deja vu, it is. The IAEA and Washington fought bitterly over assessments of Iraq's capabilities and ambitions leading up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Some excerpts from the Reuters article:

[The congressional report] falsely described Iran to have enriched uranium at its pilot centrifuge plant to weapons-grade level in April, whereas IAEA inspectors had made clear Iran had enriched only to a low level usable for nuclear power reactor fuel.

It should be noted that there is a substantial difference between the levels of enrichment needed for power or weapons -- they are not interchangeable.

"Furthermore, the IAEA Secretariat takes strong exception to the incorrect and misleading assertion" that the IAEA opted to remove a senior safeguards inspector for supposedly concluding the purpose of Iran's program was to build weapons, it said.

The letter asserts that the inspector in question is in charge of the program in Iran.

Is the Bush Administration again laying the ground work for a war under false pretenses?

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