U.S. downplays Iran's "hype" on nuclear advances

WASHINGTON Wed Feb 15, 2012 4:07pm EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday downplayed Iran's latest announcement of nuclear progress, saying Tehran's reported advances were "not terribly new and not terribly impressive."

"We frankly don't see a lot new here. This is not big news. In fact it seems to have been hyped," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

(Reporting By Andrew Quinn; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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