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2005-09-27 10:42:35

By Francois Murphy and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA (Reuters) - A threat by Iran to resume uranium enrichment may have little substance behind it since Tehran has not yet mastered the technology to produce the high-quality gas required, Western diplomats say. Iran sparked an international crisis when it resumed uranium processing last month, angering France, Britain and Germany -- which suspect Tehran of seeking a nuclear bomb -- into pushing for Tehran to be referred to the U.N....

2005-09-18 02:26:52

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday warned the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against sending its atomic case to the U.N. Security Council, hinting such a move could prompt Tehran to start uranium enrichment. "Our advice to the agency is to review Iran's case tomorrow logically and realistically to avoid making the case more complicated," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi told a weekly news conference. "We haven't started (uranium) enrichment yet but...

2005-08-16 05:39:55

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's new chief nuclear negotiator has said further talks can resolve its atomic standoff with the West, while insisting that Tehran will not give up its plans to develop a full nuclear fuel cycle. "Iran deems it a principle to continue talks and it accepts negotiation as the right manner," Ali Larijani, installed as secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council on Monday, told the Sharq daily in an interview published on Tuesday. European diplomats have...

2005-08-09 04:29:33

By Alireza Ronaghi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's conservative media praised on Tuesday Tehran's decision to resume uranium conversion and many newspapers looked forward to the restarting of all nuclear activities. "Iran's nuclear heart starts ticking," said the front-page headline of Hemayat daily. "Iran stood by its word," said the hardline Kayhan. "Next step Natanz," said the ultra-conservative Jomhuri-ye Eslami, in reference to Iran's uranium enrichment plant. EU officials had warned that...

2005-07-27 04:50:27

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will resume some key work on its nuclear fuel cycle regardless of what European diplomats propose to defuse a dispute over Tehran's atomic ambitions, Iran's president said on Wednesday. Mohammad Khatami said the nuclear fuel work would fall short of actually producing enriched uranium, which Washington fears Tehran will use in atomic bombs, but stressed that Iran would also ultimately resume its enrichment program. "Whether Europeans mention our...