Iran Praises Nuke Report; Israel Skeptical

Barak says Tehran hasn't stopped, urges more US pressure
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2007 8:15 AM CST
National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley addresses the media on the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate on the Nuclear program of Iran, Monday, Dec. 3, 2007, at the White House in Washington....   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran trumpeted a US intelligence report released yesterday that said it suspended its nuclear weapons program in 2003, but Israel expressed skepticism, Reuters reports. "The condition of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities is becoming clear to the world," an Iranian official said of the report. Not so fast, said Israel's defense chief.

"In our opinion, since (2003), it has apparently continued that program," said Ehud Barak, reports the Guardian. Israel called on the US to keep up its pressure on Tehran over its nuclear ambitions. Britain and France also said the international community must not ease up. France will continue to work toward "restrictive measures" through the UN, an official said.