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August 30, 2005 3:00 AM

U.S. backs away from claims that Cuba has bioweapons program

The Bush administration backed away Tuesday from claims that Cuba has an offensive biological weapons effort, acknowledging in a report to Congress that there is a split view among intelligence analysts on the question. The report says instead that Cuba has the technical capability to pursue biological weapons research and development because of its advanced pharmaceutical industry. But it leaves open the critical question of whether it has done so.

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