Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said a document apparently showing that Tehran plans to test a trigger for a nuclear bomb is a US forgery. In an interview filmed on Friday with ABC News, Mr Ahmadinejad said the report in the Times newspaper was “fundamentally not true”. Mr Ahmadinejad said criticism of Iran’s nuclear programme had become “a repetitive and tasteless joke”.
Iran says its nuclear enrichment programme is for peaceful purposes.
The BBC’s Jane O’Brien in Washington says the interview offered a rare opportunity to see Iranian leader being questioned by the US media. But Mr Ahmadinejad’s answers gave little indication that his administration is moving towards more conciliatory position, says our correspondent.