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U.N.: Iraq Apparently Didn't Restart Nuclear Program

U.N.: Iraq Apparently Didn't Restart Nuclear Program

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(Vienna, Austria-AP) -- The U-N's nuclear agency says unearthed items from Baghdad's original nuclear weapons program appear to back its assertion that the program was not re-activated.

Washington has said Saddam Hussein was trying to make weapons of mass destruction and used this to justify going to war.

But U-N inspectors have said all along that their searches turned up no solid evidence supporting the U-S administration's claim.

The comments from the International Atomic Energy Agency come as American authorities look over parts and documents dug up from a garden belonging to a former Iraqi nuclear scientist.

The scientist says he was supposed to dig up the materials once sanctions against Iraq ended and revive a program to enrich uranium.

But an I-A-E-A spokesman says the scientist's statements seem to indicate there has been no nuclear weapons program in existence since 1991.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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