VIENNA - Iran experts at the U.N nuclear monitoring agency believe Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and has worked on developing a missile system that can carry an atomic warhead, according to a confidential report seen by the Associated Press.
The document drafted by senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency is the clearest indication yet that those officials share Washington's views on Iran's weapon-making capabilities and missile technology - even if they have not made those views public.
The document, titled "Possible Military Dimension of Iran's Nuclear Program," appeared to be the so-called IAEA "secret annex" on Iran's alleged nuclear arms program that the United States, France, Israel and other IAEA members say is being withheld by agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei - claims the nuclear watchdog denies.
It is a record of IAEA findings since the agency began investigating Iran's nuclear program in 2007 and has been continuously updated.
Responding to the report by the Associated Press, the agency did not deny the existence of a confidential record of its knowledge and assessment of Iran's attempts to make nuclear weapons. But an agency statement said it "has no concrete proof that there is or has been a nuclear weapon program in Iran."
It cited ElBaradei as telling the agency's 35-nation governing board last week that "continuing allegations that the IAEA was withholding information on Iran are politically motivated and totally baseless."