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UN: IAEA To Discuss Iran's Nuclear Program

Vienna, 16 June 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The governing board of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), opened a meeting today to discuss Iran's nuclear program. IAEA Director-General Mohammad el-Baradei, said that Iran has failed to report certain nuclear activities, but that he believed it was taking corrective measures.

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Khalil Musavi said his country is considering accepting new UN inspections of its nuclear program, but has yet to make a final decision.

Earlier today, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Iran will refuse further inspections as long as other signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty do not clarify how they could help Iran to improve its capability to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Iran says it is not developing nuclear weapons and is only pursuing a civilian nuclear-power program.