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Intel report: Iran seeking to smuggle raw uranium

VIENNA (AP) - Iran and Kazakhstan are denying reports of a deal for Tehran to clandestinely import 1,350 tons of purified uranium ore.

An intelligence report obtained by The Associated Press outlining the deal was drawn up by a member nation of the International Atomic Energy Agency and provided on condition that the country not be identified.

A Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman insists his country has fully observed its international obligations. A spokesman for the Kazakh state uranium company also denies involvement.

Iran's mission to the United Nations in New York described the report as "a fabrication and completely baseless."

A senior U.N. official said the Vienna-based IAEA was aware of the assessment but could not yet draw conclusions. Iran is under pressure to halt nuclear development.


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