The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran appears to have suspended its uranium-enrichment activities as promised, but he says it will take several days to verify Tehran's compliance.
During his visit to Colombia, President Bush told reporters he hopes the announcement is true. Mr. Bush said the apparent suspension looks like progress, but he said it still needs to be verified.
The United States has accused Iran of developing atomic weapons, and in recent days President Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell have made specific accusations about Tehran's nuclear activities. Iran has consistently denied the accusations.
Speaking in Egypt on the sidelines of an international conference on Iraq, Iran's foreign minister (Kamal Kharrazi) rejected the U.S. allegations and cited America's flawed pre-war intelligence on Iraq's weapons programs.