December 22, 2009

December 21, 2009 ABC News

It was the first public comment by the Iranian leader on the two-page document since its existence was revealed by The Times of London last week.

According to the newspaper, the document shows Iran has been secretly working on testing a neutron initiator -- the part of a nuclear bomb that triggers an explosion. The technology has no use aside from detonating a nuclear weapon.

Critics of the Iranian regime have seized on the revelation as a smoking gun -- one of the strongest indicators yet of a continuing nuclear weapons program in Iran.

But when asked point-blank whether Iran had been testing a neutron initiator, the Iranian president was dismissive.

"I think that some of the claims about our nuclear issue have turned into a repetitive and tasteless joke," Ahmadinejad said in the interview.

Asked about Ahmadinejad's allegation that the U.S. government fabricated documents, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said: "Of course that's nonsense." Read more at ABC News

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