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IAEA Chief: Iran Should Rethink Centrifuge Plans

26 June 2004 -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has called on Iran to reverse its decision to resume production of centrifuges to enrich uranium.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Muhammad el-Baradei said such a move would help Iran erase what he called the "confidence deficit" it created by hiding its nuclear activities.

El-Baradei said he hopes Iran "will go back to the full suspension they have committed themselves to." He made his comments on his way to Moscow for a four-day visit.

A letter from Iran to the IAEA informed the agency that Tehran would resume centrifuge activities next week.

Centrifuges are used to purify uranium to make it usable as fuel for nuclear-power plants or for weapons.

(Reuters, AFP)