UN official in Iran to discuss charges of covert weapons program

The UN nuclear agency's deputy chief has arrived MOnday in Tehran for talks with Iranian officials on persistent allegations that the Islamic republic is running a covert nuclear weapons program. The International Atomic Energy Agency Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen's discussions with Iranian officials will focus on allegations that Iran is testing high explosives and seeking to design a missile re-entry vehicle, two features which could have use for nuclear weapons. Iran dismisses the allegations raised by US intelligence agencies as "fabricated" and insists its nuclear program is purely peaceful and geared solely toward producing electricity.