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French President Nicolas Sarkozy warns Iran against dragging its controversial nuclear program into a "serious confrontation" with the West.
In an annual foreign policy address Friday, President Sarkozy claimed that "everyone knows (Iran's nuclear program) has no civilian end purposes."
'' Paris along with Beijing, Berlin, London, Moscow and Washington demand Iran suspend its enrichment program ''
In an annual foreign policy address Friday, President Sarkozy claimed that "everyone knows (Iran's nuclear program) has no civilian end purposes
The US has fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanction and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long range nuclear missiles, a media report said on Friday.
WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. security and law enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, The Wall Street Journal said on Friday.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States signed an agreement Thursday on civil nuclear cooperation with the United Arab Emirates -- the first such pact with a Middle Eastern country.
Calling the agreement "a powerful and timely model for the world and the region," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed the deal, along with UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed.
"We applaud the UAE's commission -- commitment to the highest standards of safety, security and nonproliferation in its pursuit of nuclear power," Rice said.
Congress has to ratify the agreement before it can take effect, and congressional critics fear it could spark an arms race and proliferation in the region. The UAE's ties to Iran also have caused concern.
Under the "1-2-3 deal," similar to one the United States signed last year with India, Washington would share nuclear technology, expertise and fuel. In exchange, the UAE commits to abide by the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and the International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
The small oil-rich Gulf nation promises not to enrich uranium or to reprocess spent nuclear fuel to extract plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear bombs.
The deal is part of a major UAE investment in nuclear energy. It has already signed deals to build several nuclear power plants.
The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) says there is no evidence that proves Tehran is edging towards developing nuclear weapons.
Departing CIA Director Michael Hayden said Thursday that the Islamic Republic's production of low-enriched uranium does not necessarily substantiate an Iranian objective to build atomic weaponry.
He said that even if the country does gain the capability to create highly enriched uranium, still there is no “clear proof” that Iran will use the material to fuel a nuclear warhead.
Washington accuses Tehran of developing a nuclear military program. Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), insists its program is poised for the civilian applications of the technology.
This is while UN nuclear watchdog Director General Mohamed ElBaradei disputed Western claims and ruled out suggestions that the Iranian nuclear program should be considered hostile.
"They [Iranians], as I just recently mentioned still don't even have the nuclear material, the low-enriched uranium, to develop one nuclear weapon," he said in an address to the London City Hall.
"But even if they decide to walk out tomorrow from the Non-Proliferation Treaty - and you go into a lot of scenarios - it is not that we are going to see Iran tomorrow having nuclear weapons."
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has extensively monitored Iran's nuclear work since 2003, said in its latest report that it could not find any 'components of a nuclear weapon' or 'related nuclear physics studies' in the country.