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TEHRAN - Iran yesterday rejoiced at a US intelligence report contradicting the Bush administration's claims that it was building an atomic bomb, but Israel was sceptical and Britain urged continued pressure on Tehran.
The US National Intelligence Estimate report took US friends and foes by surprise after years of strident rhetoric from Washington accusing Iran of pursuing a covert nuclear weapons programme.
Analysts said the report - which said Tehran had halted its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 - might undermine Washington's drive to convince other world powers to endorse further UN sanctions against Iran.
Iran immediately welcomed the report, published on Monday, as a vindication of its long-standing claim that its nuclear programme had only peaceful civilian aims.
"It's natural that we welcome it when those countries who in the past have questions and ambiguities about this case ... now amend their views realistically," foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said.
"The condition of Iran's peaceful nuclear activities is becoming clear to the world."
But Britain, whose position on Iran is closely aligned with Washington's, said it would continue to press for increased international pressure despite the report.
"We think the report's conclusions justify the actions already taken by the international community to both show the extent of and try to restrict Iran's nuclear programme and to increase pressure on the regime to stop its (uranium) enrichment and reprocessing activities," a spokesman for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.
"It confirms we were right to be worried about Iran seeking to develop nuclear weapons.
"It shows that sanctions and international pressure were having an effect in that they seem to have abandoned the weaponisation element," he said. - Reuters