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IAEA: Iran's Nuclear Work May Have Stopped

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran appears to have suspended its uranium-enrichment activities, as it had promised.

Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters Monday, at IAEA headquarters in Vienna, he thinks "pretty much everything has come to a halt" at Iran's nuclear laboratories, but that the U.N. agency will need a few days to verify Tehran's compliance.

Mr. ElBaradei says the IAEA should have a definite answer about Iran's uranium-enrichment work by Thursday. The enrichment process can be used to produce either nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes (such as reactors to generate electricity) or weapons-grade uranium suitable for warheads.

The United States contends Iran is engaged in a secret plan to build nuclear weapons. Last week, President Bush said he has seen evidence that Iran was trying to accelerate its military program ahead of today's deadline.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.