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Iran denies report on discovery of bomb-grade uranium

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 4, IRNA -- Iran on Sunday strongly denied that traces 
of weapons-grade uranium had been found in its nuclear sites, 
stressing that the report in the Reuters news agency was `baseless 
and false`. 
"The International Atomic Energy Agency experts have not 
reported any case to this effect at the end of their recent visit to 
Tehran," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told reporters 
during a weekly news briefing. 
Reuters had quoted an unnamed Western diplomat as saying that the 
UN atomic watchdog had found traces of highly-enriched uranium at 
sites, allegedly not known to the IAEA. 
Iran has already denied being involved in weapons-grade uranium 
enrichment, clarifying that traces of the nuclear material found by 
the UN inspectors last year were related to the contaminated equipment
bought from abroad. 
Asefi stressed that `the Islamic Republic is committed to what it 
has announced so far and believes that various issues will be 
resolved through the agreement of the two sides`. 
Tehran, which is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation 
Treaty, has signed to the snap inspection of its atomic facilities. 
The country says its nuclear program is in accordance with the 
country`s bid to produce 7,000 megawatts of electricity in the next 20
years, when the country`s oil and gas reserves become overstretched. 
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