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UN Probes Possible Iran-Pakistan Nuclear Link

The U.N. nuclear agency is probing a possible link between Iran and Pakistan after Tehran acknowledged using centrifuge designs that appear identical to ones used in Pakistan’s quest for an atom bomb, diplomats say. Diplomats said the agency was trying to determine whether the drawings had come from someone in Pakistan or elsewhere. Tehran, accused by Washington of seeking to develop nuclear weapons, told the U.N. nuclear agency it got the blueprints from a “middleman” whose identity the agency had not determined, a Western diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity. It was unclear where the “middleman” got the drawings. The U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said in a report Iran told the IAEA it got centrifuge drawings “from a foreign intermediary around 1987.” Centrifuges are used to purify uranium for use as fuel or in weapons. Experts say the ability to produce such material is crucial for an arms program and the biggest hurdle any country with ambitions to build a bomb must overcome. Full Story

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