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IAEA Begins Talks On Iranian Nuclear Plans

13 September 2004 -- The UN's nuclear monitoring agency begins talks today in Vienna on Iran's nuclear program.

Reports says officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will hear a draft resolution on Iran's nuclear program. The draft has been prepared by the European Union's "big three" states of France, Britain, and Germany.

According to reports, the text calls on Iran to dispel worries that it has a nuclear weapons program by November, at which time the IAEA will "probably" consider whether any "further steps" are needed.

The text falls short of reporting Tehran to the UN Security Council, as Washington is pushing for. Iran has said its atomic program is peaceful and aimed only at generating electricity.