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09/13/03 - Vienna, Austria

Iran warns U.N. atomic agency on nuclear deadline

Iran is warning next month's deadline imposed by the U.N.'s atomic agency to clear up questions about its nuclear weapons program could backfire.

The warning suggests Tehran could become even more secretive instead of opening its program for outside inspections.

The chief Iranian delegate walked out of a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's board of governors yesterday after they voted to approve a U.S. backed resolution imposing the deadline on Tehran.

The Iranian accused the Bush administration of entertaining "the idea of invasion of yet another territory."

But chief U.S. delegate Kenneth Brill says Iran's threat "suggests they have something to hide."

And Russia's deputy foreign minister urged Iran to comply with the deadline saying it's in Tehran's interest to show its nuclear programs are purely peaceful.

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