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IAEA Sees No Military Links To Iran's Nuclear Program


1 June 2004 -- The head of the UN nuclear monitoring agency said today that his inspectors have found no clear proof of a military dimension to Iran's efforts to develop nuclear energy.

However, Muhammad El-Baradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), also said it is premature to make a judgment on whether Iran's program has "been dedicated exclusively for peaceful purposes."

The United States contends that Iran's atomic energy program is a front for developing nuclear weapons, but Iran denies that is the case.

El-Baradei made the comments during a NATO Parliamentary Assembly meeting in the Slovak capital Bratislava today.

El-Baradei plans to present an assessment of Iran's nuclear activities to the IAEA board of governors in June.

(AP/Reuters)
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