US, UK, France asking tough questions about Iran's nuke activities

November 14, 2007 20:37

The United States, Britain and France are asking dozens of tough questions about Iran's uranium enrichment program that an International Atomic Energy Agency report due Thursday probably will not be able to answer, setting the stage for a push for new UN sanctions on Teheran. The queries are contained in separate confidential documents from the three nations and were made available to The Associated Press on the eve of a report being drawn up by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei. Diplomats said they were also being circulated to other members of the IAEA's 35-nation board and had been made available to ElBaradei's office. In 10 pages, they outline what Washington, London and Paris think Iran must tell the IAEA in order to build confidence that the program - which can be used to make nuclear weapons - is in fact only being expanded to generate power, as Teheran asserts.

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