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2006-02-27 13:33:54

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun testing a cascade of 20 centrifuges at its Natanz pilot uranium-enrichment plant, pressing ahead with efforts to purify nuclear fuel in defiance of world pressure, a nuclear watchdog report said on Monday. The confidential report by International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei said Iran had also begun substantial renovations of Natanz's system handling UF6 gas, which is converted by centrifuges into enriched atomic fuel. It said the...

2006-02-15 08:15:00

By Mark Heinrich VIENNA -- EU president Austria said on Wednesday Iran's resumption of work to enrich uranium for nuclear fuel had needlessly raised tensions with the West, which fears Tehran is covertly striving to build atomic bombs. U.N. inspectors saw Iranian scientists feeding uranium gas into a few centrifuge machines in a test run on Tuesday, officials associated with the International Atomic Energy Agency said. The action defied Western efforts to have Iran give up enrichment work in...

2006-02-14 14:44:57

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Tuesday resumed feeding uranium gas into centrifuges for nuclear-fuel enrichment after a break of 2-1/2 years, stoking a diplomatic showdown with the West which suspects Tehran secretly seeks to build atomic bombs. Iran earlier on Tuesday announced it was deferring until next week talks on a Russian proposal to defuse the standoff, but gave no sign it was ready to stop purifying uranium on its own soil -- the key element in Moscow's plan....

2006-02-14 13:29:15

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at its pilot nuclear fuel enrichment facility at Natanz, an official close to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Tuesday. He said International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors had observed Iranian scientists putting UF6 gas into a "very small number" of centrifuges, machines that can turn uranium into fuel for nuclear reactors or, if enriched to high levels, atomic bombs. The head of Iran's...

2006-02-14 13:08:06

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at its pilot nuclear fuel enrichment facility at Natanz, an official close to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Tuesday. He said International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors observed Iranian scientists putting UF-6 gas into a "very small number" of centrifuges, machines that turn uranium into fuel for nuclear reactors or, if enriched to high levels, atomic bombs.

2006-02-14 13:06:31

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges at its pilot nuclear fuel enrichment facility at Natanz, an official close to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said on Tuesday. He said International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors observed Iranian scientists putting UF-6 gas into a "very small number" of centrifuges, machines that turn uranium into fuel for nuclear reactors or, if enriched to high levels, atomic bombs.

2006-02-14 09:01:40

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has not yet started running centrifuges to produce enriched uranium, which the West suspects Tehran wants to make atomic weapons, a senior Iranian official told Reuters on Tuesday. Iran, which says it wants to enrich uranium only to the low level needed for power stations, ordered the resumption uranium enrichment after being reported to the U.N. Security Council earlier this month. "No work has been done on the centrifuges and no gas has been injected yet,"...

2006-02-14 02:54:46

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Tehran on Tuesday confirmed it had restarted some work on uranium enrichment, a process the West fears could be used to build nuclear weapons. "In accordance with parliament's ratification, I should say 'yes'," deputy nuclear negotiator Javad Vaeedi told reporters in Tehran when asked whether Iran had resumed uranium enrichment. However, Iranian officials have been guarded on whether the key process of feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into centrifuges has...

2006-02-13 06:06:05

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has resumed some uranium-enrichment work at its Natanz nuclear plant, a first step in a process that can potentially yield either fuel for atomic reactors or bombs, diplomatic sources said on Monday. An Iranian government spokesman had said earlier that Tehran would restart enrichment activity, suspended for over two years under Western pressure, by early March but gave no date. The West suspects Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies...

2006-01-31 14:29:42

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed on Tuesday that Iran had begun preparing for nuclear enrichment, which can make fuel for bombs, and continued to hinder a probe of unanswered questions about Iran's atomic aims. In a confidential report to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-nation board of governors, the agency said Iran had not yet begun enrichment itself but had started renovation work at its Natanz enrichment site. "Substantial renovation of...


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