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Iran Pledges to Suspend Assembling Nuclear Equipment

VOA News - 06 Apr 2004

The head of Iran's nuclear program says his country will suspend building and assembling nuclear equipment later this week. Gholamreza Aghazadeh spoke to reporters in Tehran, after talks Tuesday with visiting International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei.

Mr. Aghazadeh said Iran will "temporarily suspend making and assembling all nuclear parts."

Mr. ElBaradei said Iran has committed to doing everything possible to accelerate the process of resolving the "outstanding issues" regarding Tehran's nuclear program.

Before today's talks, Mr. ElBaradei said the IAEA board of governors had, in his words, become "impatient" with Iran.

The agency is still looking into the origins of weapons-grade uranium it found in Iran. It says Tehran has yet to convince the international community that its nuclear program is purely peaceful.

Iran insists that its program is strictly for civilian purposes.

The United States has alleged that Iran is trying to build weapons under the guise of the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

Iran agreed last year to suspend uranium enrichment and to cooperate with international inspectors in return for access to western technology.

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