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Originally published Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 8:05 AM

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Iran: UN report proof of peaceful nuclear program

Iran is citing the latest report by U.N.'s nuclear watchdog as evidence of the allegedly peaceful nature of the country's atomic program.

The Associated Press

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TEHRAN, Iran —

Iran is citing the latest report by U.N.'s nuclear watchdog as evidence of the allegedly peaceful nature of the country's atomic program.

State TV on Friday quoted Ali Asghar Solatanieh, the country's envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, as saying that the Vienna-based watchdog's report from the day before "confirms" Iran's nuclear activities are for peaceful purposes.

Solatanieh says Iran is committed to continuing talks with the IAEA and stresses that these talks require a "calm, propaganda-free atmosphere."

The IAEA's report on Thursday said Tehran has recently installed advanced machines at its main uranium enrichment site in Natanz - a major and significant upgrade of a program that can be used to make atomic weapons.

Iran rejects the West's suspicion that its nuclear program is intended for atomic weapons.

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