'Strong' IAEA report may pile pressure on Iran

By REUTERS
October 14, 2011 17:20

VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog is expected to add to growing international pressure on Iran with a report next month likely to heighten suspicions about the Islamic state's atomic ambitions, Western diplomats said on Friday.

But they said it was unclear whether the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would go as far as to make a firm assessment on whether it believes Iran is working to develop a nuclear missile, as Iran's Western foes want it to.

The diplomats voiced scepticism about a report in France's Le Figaro paper, which said the IAEA was preparing to denounce "the military nature of this program aimed at providing Iran with the bomb". Figaro did not name its sources.


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