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By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of flying spy drones over its nuclear sites and threatened to shoot down the unmanned surveillance crafts.

Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi comments backed a report in The Washington Post on Sunday that quoted unidentified U.S. officials as saying the drones have been flying over Iran for nearly a year to seek evidence of nuclear weapons programs.

"U.S. spying activities over Iranian airspace have been going since a long time ago," Yunesi told reporters.

"Most of the shining objects that our people see in Iran's airspace are American spying equipment used to spy on Iran's nuclear and military facilities," the minister told reporters.

He said they would not reveal anything the United States doesn't already know.

"Our nuclear activities are open and very transparent. Our military activities are all legal," Yunesi said. He spoke while visiting a prison for dissidents under the shah that has been turned into a museum.

In London, meanwhile, Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom said Iran will have the knowledge to build nuclear weapons within six months.

"This is not only Israel's problem, but an international problem, as the long-range missiles can reach Europe," Shalom said.

The United States accuses Iran of having a secret program to manufacture nuclear weapons. Iran denies this, saying its nuclear program is entirely for the generation of electricity.

The Washington Post reported the drones had been flying over Iran from U.S. military bases in Iraq (news - web sites) and were equipped with air filters to pick up traces of nuclear activity.

In December, the Iranian air force was ordered to shoot down any unknown flying objects. At the time, there were reports in Iranian newspapers that Iran had discovered spying devices in unmanned planes its air defense force had shot down.

"If any of the bright objects come close, they will definitely meet our fire and will be shot down. We possess the necessary equipment to confront them," Yunesi said.

Last month, Yunesi said the United States had been conducting aerial surveillance, but he neither mentioned drones nor nuclear and military sites. Yunesi said U.S. commandoes had not entered Iran, adding the security forces would catch any American who did.

Iranian media has been gripped by a kind of "flying object" fever with dozens of reported sightings in recent weeks. State-run media has reported numerous sightings of unknown objects flying over parts of Iran where nuclear facilities are located.

The objects were spotted near Natanz — which has a uranium enrichment plant — and Isfahan, which has a facility for producing uranium hexaflouride gas, the feedstock for enriching uranium.

Uranium enriched to low grades is used for fuel in nuclear reactors. Further enrichment makes it suitable for atomic bombs.


Strike First Strike Hard
So let them shoot down drones. Who cares? They're unmanned for that very reason.
On second thought, send a few of those drones over there to unleash a malstrom of Balogna sandwitches on them........No mustard. See how they react to cheap cold cuts. :thumbsup:


Fresh Meat
ain't gonna be no nucular war

You think the Israelis are hypocrites? How about the good ol' US of A? I'm far more worried about the United States nuclear program than the Iranian nuclear program.

Besides, no one will ever use a nuclear warhead. Why? No one in a position where he/she would be powerful enough to use them would want to. Only the suicidal would ever engage in nuclear war. Ever heard of mutually assured destruction?


The Iron Lung
I believe that nationalism and hatred can drive people to incredible lengths...the whole world was aware of the destruction caused by nuclear weapons during the cuban missle crisis....Just because we are resonable people that believe in diplomacy doesnt mean that our government is....the same can be said for the Iranians and the N. Koreans.


A Rampant Vagitarian
Hopelly there´s a same-spirited mind behind the "nuke ´em"-button than there was during the cuban crisis.. Because if Arkhipov would have followed straight orders he would have fired a nuke on US for attacking their ship... I´m kinda glad he didn´t...
I hate Israelis.. And thats in no way being anti-semite.. I couldn´t care less of what religion they represent,, narrowminded puppets.