In response to a request from NIAC, Reuters has corrected two articles containing inaccurate, misleading statements regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
A December 6 article by Reuters claims, “Washington says Tehran is enriching uranium to levels that could be used in nuclear weapons.” And on December 10, Reuters wrote “The West suspects Iran is enriching uranium to levels that could be used in weapons…”
Iran, under IAEA supervision, has enriched uranium to 5% and 20%, but not to the 90% required for a nuclear warhead. Uranium enriched to 5% or 20% is not usable in a nuclear weapon. Moreover, the Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence have both reiterated this year that the U.S. does not believe Iran has made the decision to build nuclear weapons, consistent with the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003.
To Reuters’ credit, they promptly updated their articles with the following prominent correction under the headline:
(Corrects 4th para to show Iran not making weapons-grade uranium)
NIAC will continue to hold the media accountable for incorrect reporting like the above. It is especially important to ensure that facts are checked on issues as controversial as the standoff between the US, Iran, Israel, and the rest of the world over Iran’s nuclear program.
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