On a visit to southern Iran, Khamenei said that such allegations are baseless. “We do not believe in atomic weapons and are not seeking that,” he said.
Yesterday, the first report by IAEA’s new director general, Yukiya Amano of Japan, was picked up by a number of news agencies. It said, "Altogether this raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear payload for a missile."
This is the first time the IAEA referred to current nuclear activities rather than past ones.
The report also confirmed that Iran had begun enriching uranium to higher 20 per cent levels.
Enriching uranium to 90 per cent is needed to produce a nuclear weapon.
The report insisted that it was vital Iran co-operate with IAEA investigators "without further delay" as its resistance added to concerns "about possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear programme".
The report itself will be submitted to the agency's 35-country board at a meeting in early March.
Many countries are concerned that the Iranian nuclear programme might have military applications.
In order to get Tehran to stop its programme, the United States and other nations are planning more sanctions, but have been thwarted so far by China, which prefers dialogue and diplomacy.
Iran has always claimed that its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only.