The military junta in Burma has strongly denied accusations by the United States that it is seeking nuclear power capabilities.
Information Minister Kyaw Hsan told reporters in the capital of Rangoon Saturday that the accusations were wrong.
The denial comes one day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton succeeded in getting the U.N. Security Council to vote for holding a formal briefing on the political situation in Burma, including human rights issues.
Earlier this week, Mr. Bolton sent the Security Council a letter that mentions such issues, and cites unspecified media reports that Burma is seeking nuclear power capabilities.
The 15-member Council unanimously agreed on the U.S.-backed initiative for a briefing on Burma.
The human rights group, U.S. Campaign for Burma, welcomed the decision, saying it had expected China and Russia would refuse to take part.