The head of the United Nations nuclear regulatory agency says he is not aware of any plans by Burma to build its own nuclear reactor.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohammed ElBaradei told journalists Wednesday in Malaysia that Burmese authorities have not submitted any firm plans for a nuclear program.
In May, Burma's military government signed a deal with Russia to jointly design and build a nuclear research reactor. The Russian agency, Rosatom, said the facility will operate under controls of the IAEA.
The United States expressed concern about the deal, saying Burma does not have the regulatory or safety provisions to successfully handle that type of nuclear program.
Russia and China have become major suppliers of arms to Burma since the West imposed sanctions in 1988 over Burma's poor human rights record.