UN nuclear agency to issue report detailing Iranian progress in expanding atomic activities

The International Atomic Energy Agency is preparing to issue its latest report on Iran, focusing on activities that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

The confidential report was expected to be circulated Friday among the 35-nation board of the IAEA, the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear monitor.

Iran insists all its nuclear activities are peaceful. But it is under U.N. and other sanctions because it refuses to stop uranium enrichment. Tehran says it is enriching only to make nuclear fuel and for research. But the international community fears it could turn the program to making weapons-grade enriched uranium used in warheads.

The IAEA is also trying to follow up suspicions that Iran secretly worked on nuclear arms — allegations the Islamic Republic strenuously denies.