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Burma has told the United Nations nuclear agency that allegations the country is trying to develop nuclear weapons are unfounded — and that it will never seek to do so.
In a speech to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s General Conference in Geneva Thursday, the Burmese delegate, U Tin Win, said the country’s nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes.
In June, A Norway-based exile group that opposes Burma’s military government claimed that Burma has taken steps to acquire the technology and expertise needed to make an atomic weapon. The group, Democratic Voice of Burma, also said the country was still a long way from producing a nuclear bomb.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said at the time it was looking into the report.
Burma’s foreign ministry said in June the allegations were baseless and politically motivated. It said the claims were made to tarnish the government’s political image and undermine its plans to hold elections later this year.
Burma is a member of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a global pact to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
In May, a U.N. report said North Korea had been secretly exporting missile and nuclear technology to Burma, Syria and Iran.
Some information in this story was provided by Reuters.