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Iran, UN focus on Iran’s alleged nuclear arms work

Updated Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 | 5:54 a.m.

VIENNA (AP) — Iran has told diplomats that it plans to cooperate this weekend with U.N. experts probing alleged activities whose existence it has steadfastly denied — work on nuclear weapons.

A U.N. nuclear agency team arrived in Tehran on Friday, and the state IRNA news agency cited Iranian atomic energy organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying his country is ready to answer all their questions

IRNA did not elaborate, and such pledges have been made before. But a senior diplomat from an IAEA member nation cites a ranking Iranian official as telling him and other diplomats that Iran was specifically ready to engage on the weapons program suspicions.

The diplomat demanded anonymity because he wasn't allowed to discuss the meetings.

Iran denies working on — or wanting — nuclear arms.