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Muhammad el-Baradei at a meeting of the IAEA's board of governors (AFP)
July 9, 2007 -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency says Iran has slowed down the expansion of its nuclear enrichment program.
Muhammad el-Baradei told reporters in Vienna today that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had seen "a fairly slow development" in Iran's installation of centrifuge machines.
These can enrich uranium into fuel for nuclear energy reactors, or, when the fuel is refined to a higher degree, nuclear-weapons-grade material.
Despite Tehran's denials, western powers suspect Iran's nuclear program is secretly aimed at producing nuclear weapons.