(NEW YORK) -- Iran's contention that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes received another damning blow Tuesday as a United Nations watchdog group's report spoke of "Credible ... information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device."
The U.S. and its Western allies have long maintained that Tehran is attempting to stockpile a nuclear arsenal to launch a possible attack on Israel or, at the very least, upset the balance of power in the Middle East.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has tried to develop an atomic bomb for years and prior to 2003, did so under a structured program that has since gone underground to escape scrutiny from its enemies.
However, the IAEA says that it has documents, intelligence and satellite photos to back up its claim about "possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program."
In addition to seeking equipment to build weapons and developing pathways for the production of nuclear materials, the U.N. group claims Iran has sought "nuclear weapons development information and documentation from a clandestine nuclear supply network."
Iran has denied it's doing anything dangerous or illegal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi stated, "There is no serious proof that Iran is going to create a nuclear warhead...We have repeatedly stated that we are not going to create nuclear weapons."
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