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May 26, 2012

Iran has enough uranium for five bombs: expert

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a U.S. security institute said.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which closely tracks Iran’s nuclear program, made the analysis on the basis of data in the latest quarterly U.N. watchdog report which was issued on Friday.

May 26, 2012

U.N. inspectors find high-grade uranium traces in Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – United Nations nuclear inspectors have found uranium particles refined to a higher-than-expected level at an underground site where Iran has installed more than 50 percent more enrichment centrifuges, a U.N. watchdog report said on Friday.

It said Tehran had told the U.N. agency that the presence of traces of highly refined uranium – still well below potential nuclear weapons-grade material – “may happen for technical reasons beyond the operator’s control”.

May 25, 2012

IAEA finds higher-grade uranium trace in Iran: sources

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear inspectors have found uranium traces in an Iranian underground site refined to a somewhat higher level than the enrichment work normally done there, but still well below the weapons-grade threshold, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

One source said the higher level detected at the Fordow site – where Iran has declared it is refining uranium to a fissile concentration of 20 percent only – was believed to be between 20 and 30 percent, making clear this was not a big difference.

May 23, 2012

Iran may prepare to boost nuclear work: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.N. watchdog report is expected to show that Iran has installed more uranium enrichment centrifuges at an underground site, potentially boosting output capacity of nuclear work major powers want it to stop, Western diplomatic sources say.

Two sources said the Islamic state may have placed in position nearly 350 machines since February – in addition to the almost 700 centrifuges already operating at the Fordow facility – but that they were not yet being used to refine uranium.

May 22, 2012

IAEA chief says close to deal with Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog director said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to unblock an investigation into suspected work on atom bombs, potentially brightening prospects for big-power talks with Tehran to stop a drift toward conflict.

Yukiya Amano was summarizing the outcome of rare talks he conducted in Tehran on Monday, two days before six powers meet Iran’s security council chief in Baghdad to test Iranian willingness to curb its nuclear program in a transparent way.

May 22, 2012

IAEA chief says nears deal with Iran ahead of 6-power talks

VIENNA, May 22 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief
said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to
ease investigation into suspected work on atom bombs,
potentially brightening prospects for big-power talks with
Tehran to stop a drift towards conflict.

Speaking on the eve of the Baghdad meeting where six powers
will test Iranian willingness to put transparent limits on its
nuclear programme, Yukiya Amano said his wish for access to an
Iranian military site where nuclear weapons-relevant tests may
have occurred would be addressed as part of the accord.

May 22, 2012

Iranians reflect on sanctions as nuclear talks loom

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief said on Tuesday he expected to sign a deal with Iran soon to ease investigation into suspected work on atom bombs, potentially brightening prospects for big-power talks with Tehran to stop a drift towards conflict.

Speaking on the eve of the Baghdad meeting where six powers will test Iranian willingness to put transparent limits on its nuclear program, Yukiya Amano said his wish for access to an Iranian military site where nuclear weapons-relevant tests may have occurred would be addressed as part of the accord.

May 21, 2012

U.N. nuclear chief holds talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief held rare talks in Tehran on Monday after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a gesture Iran might make to try to get international sanctions relaxed and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano began discussions with the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, a few hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.

May 21, 2012

IAEA chief starts talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief began talks in Tehran on Monday, Iranian media said, after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a possible breakthrough that Iran may count on to ease sanctions and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano met the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organisation, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.

May 21, 2012

U.N. atom chief starts talks in Tehran, hopes for deal

VIENNA/DUBAI (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog chief began talks in Tehran on Monday, Iranian media said, after voicing hope for a deal to investigate suspected atomic bomb research – a possible breakthrough that Iran may count on to ease sanctions and deflect threats of war.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Yukiya Amano met the head of Iran’s nuclear energy organization, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, hours after his pre-dawn arrival, according to ISNA news agency.