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IAEA: Iran Has Document for Making Nuclear Weapons Components


The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran has obtained instructions from international smugglers for making nuclear weapons components.

The IAEA accusation is included in a report for presentation to the 35-nation IAEA board Thursday in Vienna.

The report, obtained by Western journalists, also confirms that Tehran has begun renovation work at a key nuclear plant, but has not yet begun actual uranium enrichment work.

European and U.S. officials accuse Iran of seeking high-grade enriched uranium to make an atomic bomb, but Tehran insists it is seeking a lower grade to make electricity.

Tuesday, Britain, the United States, China, Russia and France said the IAEA should refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council for allegedly violating a key nuclear treaty with its atomic program.

However, Iran's Foreign Minister said U.N. inspectors will be barred from its nuclear facilities starting Saturday if a referral is made.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.