Iran says U.S. bullying nuclear agency

March 11, 2004 at 8:46 AM
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TEHRAN, March 11 (UPI) -- Iran accused the United States Thursday of bullying the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding Iran's nuclear agenda, Radio Free Europe reported.

The IAEA's 35-nation board is meeting in Vienna this week to decide how to deal with Iran's failure to fully disclose its nuclear activities.

Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi urged the IAEA to avoid being swayed by what he called Washington's political agenda against Iran. He also reiterated Iran would resume its uranium enrichment program for power generation purposes after resolving its case with the IAEA.

While IAEA chief Muhammad el-Baradei praised Iran for cooperation so far, he warned such a move could prove very damaging.

"I hope we will continue to get Iran's cooperation so we can verify that all their programs are exclusively for peaceful purposes," el-Baradei said.

Washington has been pressing for sanctions against Iran, which is opposed by Britain, Germany, and France.

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