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Uranium traces found at Iran site

UNITED NATIONS — Inspectors for the International Atomic Energy Agency have found traces of highly enriched uranium at an electrical plant on the outskirts of Tehran, the second site where such evidence of unreported enrichment activities has been discovered in recent months, a Western diplomat with access to the agency's reports said on Thursday.

The finding, the result of environmental sampling at the Kalaye Electric plant, increased pressure on Iran, which earlier this month was given until Oct. 31 to prove that its nuclear program is intended solely for peaceful purposes.

Speaking to reporters in Washington on Thursday, President Bush said, "It is very important for the world to come together to make it very clear to Iran that there will be universal condemnation if they continue with a nuclear weapons program."

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the finding at the electrical plant was "part of a long-standing pattern of evasions and deception to disguise the true nature and purpose of Iran's nuclear activities." The White House has been pressing the governing board of the atomic energy agency to refer the question of Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.