EU warns Iran close to nuclear arms capacity

VIENNA, Austria (AP) -- The European Union is claiming Iran is coming close to being able to arm a nuclear weapon.

In comments being delivered to the International Atomic Energy Agency's board today, the EU also says Iran appears to have a past nuclear arms program despite its denials.

Iran maintains its nuclear program is peaceful. And it has refused to stop enriching uraniaum despite three sanctions from the U.N. Security Council.

The head of the Institute for Science and International Security says Iran has improved its nuclear program recently and could be able to make a bomb "in six months to two years."

While the evidence hasn't been verified, the EU says the IAEA's information, "leads one to think that the Iran has methodically pursued a program aimed at acquiring the nuclear bomb."

In a statement, Iran's mission to the IAEA again denied wrongdoing and suggested the pressure is part of a U.S. witchhunt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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