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Iran: IAEA Says Tehran Slow To Cooperate

Frankfurt, Germany; 15 October 2003 (NCA) -- The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said today that Iran is slow in providing international inspectors the information they need to verify that Tehran is not working to produce nuclear weapons. Mohammad el-Baradei today said that Iran has increased cooperation with the inspectors but "not with the speed we would like to see." El-Baradei was speaking in the German city of Frankfurt before boarding a plane for Tehran.

The IAEA has given Iran until 31 October to answer questions on its nuclear program. El-Baradei said Iran could not expect an extension of the deadline.