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Iran Dismisses Powell Remarks About Nuclear Activities

19 November 2004 -- Iran called "baseless" today U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's charge that Iran has been working secretly on delivery systems for a nuclear weapon.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi said that Powell should review his intelligence sources.

European Union foreign-policy chief Javier Solana today differed with Powell's view of Iran's activity, noting that a weapons-delivery system may or may not be intended for nuclear use.

Meanwhile, news agencies are reporting today that Iran is allegedly producing significant quantities of a gas that can be used to produce nuclear weapons.

The reports, quoting unnamed diplomats in Vienna, say that Iran is allegedly using the time before 22 November when it has pledged to suspend its uranium-enrichment activities.