November 8th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Iran slams expected nuclear report

Iran hardly needs a nuclear bomb to stand up to the United States, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday, ahead of a critical International Atomic Energy Agency report that is expected to say his country has mastered nuclear weapons capabilities.

The report says there is no evidence that Iran has made a strategic decision to actually build a bomb, but its nuclear program is more ambitious and structured, and more progress has been made than previously known, Western diplomats who were briefed on the report told CNN.

Ahmadinejad attacked the United States and its allies for the allegations against Iran and warned that Washington would face a "crushing response" if it stood up against the Iranian people, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Tuesday.

Washington and its allies measure their progress and development in the destruction of other countries' infrastructure, Ahmadinejad said.

The nations that have already produced and stockpiled nuclear weapons, he said, are the ones who pose a danger to the world, not Iran.

He said Iran can achieve its objectives "through cultural and logical methodology," and didn't need a bomb to challenge Western ways, IRNA said.

The IAEA report, expected out this week, will contain the most detailed charges to date that Iran's nuclear program is geared toward weapons development and military use, the diplomats told CNN.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    No more wars. If they have it wxpose him as a liar. Sanction them into submission and be done with them. If China and Russia know about it and support Iran, block all inports to our country. Tank their economy.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
    • John

      LOL, the economies of Iran, Russia and China are booming. If the US stopped trading with them, it would be the US economy that tanks.

      November 8, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Don't kid yourself John. If China and Russia lose access to the North American and Western European markets, it would hurt them severely. Iran's economy is NOT booming, Russia's economy is still oil dependent, and China's economy depends on western consumerism.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    Meant "Expose".

    November 8, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. MAGU

    Mr. President, I just wanted to say Im sorry that you came at a time when this Country was in Turmoil, with loss of JOBS-Healthcare-Bad Economy, it wasnt really you, this is years of misappropriation if funds, clearly this was going to happen even if they had elected Donald Duck, but you bare the blame for all the downfall, I feel for you and your family, watching you as these people belittle you, and try to rip you apart. I feel ashamed to be an American, at this time in my life, and I have been always a PROUD AMERICAN, but I see what this Country is doing and it pains me after all that was done to make it the Country it used to be. Shameful what these people are doing. Please don't let them get away with it, you are the President of the United States of America. Pass the laws make America work, stop the Insurance Companies from stealing from the Poor and discriminating against the sick, stop the Rich from getting Richer off of POOR peoples backs, Make me PROUD to be an AMERICAN AGAIN.

    November 8, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      As much as I hate to say it MAGU, the President works for the MIC(military-industrial-complex) in Washington along with Congress. In fact, the MIC runs almost everything in Washington and that's we're contantly at war while our economy keeps hitting the skids!!!

      November 8, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    "'I cannot bear Netanyahu, he's a liar,' Sarkozy told Obama, unaware that the microphones in their meeting room had been switched on, enabling reporters in a separate location to listen in to a simultaneous translation."

    – Reuters

    November 8, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. gg

    going to cost americans billions

    November 8, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    How could Sarkozy say or even think such aa thing?
    Netanyahu would never, never lie!
    Why, he's the Prime Minister of Israel!
    Nobody from Israel would lie! Nobody!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Meh. Still better them, than the Arab League. Still MUCH better them, actually.

      November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. marketa louis

    My comment is referring to what I heard yesterday regarding Murray's verdict when one of MJ's former attonerys Mr.Shepard Kopp was on & one of you all's reporters/journalist or what have had to bring up the whole MJ's molestation allgetations. I thought that that was uncalled for. Murray's case had nothing to do with MJ's "allged" molestation case-plus MJ was found not guilty of all charges-PLUS Let's NOT FOR GET MiCHAEL Jackson is now died! & here she just had to bring that up, I don't know who she thinks is still bringing that up-she claimed ppl all over the world still-wonders? Like who? I know Im not, let's just let it be! Most fans/ppl i saw on Nov.7,'11 were more concerned Justice for MJ not no Molestation allegations?! That was so ridiculous-until Jordan Chandler speaks out & finally shares exactly what happened to him, I think we all should let it go-b/c this man-Yes Man, he is no longer a boy or child-is the only one left who knows exactly what happened! Unless someone goes & tries to get a hold of him, I think that subject should be left alone!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
  8. George Patton

    I fully believe the Iranians on this issue since the right-wing thugs in Washington totally lost the very ability to tell the truth in any matter! One thing's for sure and that is that the right-wing news media will never tell us just how much these thugs shelled out to the IAEA to make such a phoney report!!!

    November 8, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Scientific progress in Iran cannot be stopped:

    November 8, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat ( in a hat )

    The door has been opened.
    I would expect Israel to walk through with a preemptive strike any time now.

    They will be singing :

    I am the god of hell fire
    And I bring Fiiiah dah dah dah dah.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    'Crazy World of Arthur Brown'.
    Nice, bobcat (in a hat).

    November 8, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tyler

    @marketa louis:
    Then you should prolly post it in that thread.

    On this subject, I got nothing.

    November 8, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    "Crushing response"? What are they going to do, invade another embassy? That seems to be the Iranian way. Or maybe they'll just sponsor more Hamas and Hezbollah attacks.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SPONGE Bob Sperm pants

    Phillip touched me inappropriatly.

    November 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy I thought it was the Kurt Russel film big trouble in Little China or something like that.

    November 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
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