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U.N. warns Iran nuclear clock's ticking

TEHRAN, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- The United Nations chief nuclear inspector has warned Iran to speed up compliance with inspections before a month-end deadline, a report said Friday.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Mohamed El-Baradei, head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, said teams of inspectors sent last week were given access to sites they had requested and received fresh information from the Iranian authorities.

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But he said the amount and flow of information remained inadequate.

"They've promised information will be forthcoming but it has not yet been provided," El-Baradei said. "The central question is whether Iran has any (uranium) enrichment activities that we have not been informed about. On that question I haven't gotten satisfactory information."

Last month, the IAEA's governing board set a deadline of the end of October for Iran to provide inspectors with assurances it had not diverted nuclear material to weapons use. Failure to meet the deadline would escalate the dispute by sending it to the U.N. Security Council.

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