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Iran on Nuclear Evidence: 'Lies, All Lies'

The New York Times recounts the conference in Vienna where intelligence on the Iranian nuclear program was presented in full view of diplomats.

For more than two hours, representatives to the International Atomic Energy Agency were riveted by documents, sketches and even a video that appeared to have come from Iran’s own military laboratories. The inspector said they showed work “not consistent with any application other than the development of a nuclear weapon,” according to notes taken by diplomats.

The presentation caught no one’s attention more than the Iranian representatives in the room, who deny Iran is developing atomic weapons. As they whipped out cellphone cameras to photograph the screen, Iran’s ambassador, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, nearly shouting, called the evidence baseless fabrications, the diplomats said, and warned that the agency was going down “a very dangerous road.”

Suddenly, the confrontation with Iran had reignited.

Today, one week later, the Security Council is set to vote on a third round of UN Sanctions for Iran, widely expected to pass muster.

It will be an interesting week.