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US: Iran is 'Cynically' Pursuing Nuclear Weapons - 2005-03-02


The United States has accused Iran of "cynically" pursuing nuclear weapons, and is again urging the International Atomic Energy Agency to refer the matter to the U.N. Security Council to force Tehran to stop enriching uranium.

U.S. nuclear envoy Jackie Sanders spoke today (Wednesday) in Vienna, a day after IAEA inspectors reported that Iran refused to allow them to revisit a suspect nuclear site.

In the report, inspectors also said Iran delayed reporting other nuclear-related construction work, and continues to build a heavy water reactor, which can produce plutonium.

Plutonium and highly enriched uranium can fuel nuclear reactors, but can also be the explosive trigger for nuclear bombs.

Ms. Sanders characterized the IAEA report as a "startling list of Iranian attempts to hide, mislead and delay" the inspection work. For its part, Iran insists its uranium enrichment has peaceful applications.

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