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Nov 17, 2011

IAEA seeks Iran mission to address nuclear fears

VIENNA (Reuters) – The United Nations nuclear watchdog wants to send a high-level mission to Iran to address mounting concerns the country may be seeking to design atomic bombs, its head said on Thursday.

An International Atomic Energy Agency report last week assessing that Iran has been conducting research and experiments geared to developing a nuclear weapons capability has stoked tensions in the Middle East and heightened Western pressure for harsher punitive sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Nov 16, 2011

Arabs, Israel to attend nuclear talks, Iran uncertain

VIENNA (Reuters) – Arab states and Israel plan to attend a rare round of talks next week on efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons but Iran has yet to say whether it will take part, diplomats said on Wednesday.

The November 21-22 forum, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, is seen as symbolically significant bid to bring regional foes together at the same venue, even though no concrete outcome is expected.

Nov 16, 2011

Powers make “progress” on IAEA Iran resolution

VIENNA (Reuters) – World powers are making progress in narrowing their differences on how to respond to a U.N. watchdog report that aired intelligence suggesting Iran has worked on designing a nuclear weapon, Western diplomats said on Wednesday.

They said officials from the six big powers — the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain — were in intense negotiations on drafting a resolution on Iran for a November 17-18 board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Nov 15, 2011

Big power unity on Iran at stake at UN nuclear meet

VIENNA (Reuters) – Western states will try this week to overcome divisions with Russia over a U.N. nuclear report on Iran, hoping to show big power unity that will pile pressure on Tehran to address growing fears that it wants atomic bombs.

But Western diplomats fear they may have to choose between a tough stance that alienates Russia and China and a gentler, more inclusive approach which they say does not reflect the seriousness of a U.N. atomic watchdog report issued last week.

Nov 11, 2011

Low levels of radioactive particles in Europe: IAEA

VIENNA (Reuters) – Very low levels of radioactive iodine-131 have been detected in Europe but the particles are not believed to pose a public health risk, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, saying it was seeking to find the source.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Vienna-based U.N. watchdog, said it did not believe the radioactive particles were from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant after its emergency in March.

Nov 11, 2011

U.N. nuclear report puts Iran “mystery man” in spotlight

VIENNA (Reuters) – The shadowy military man believed to be at the heart of Iran’s disputed nuclear activities likely lives under tight security and in secrecy to shield him against any assassins and keep him beyond the reach of U.N. sleuths, nuclear experts say.

A U.N. nuclear watchdog report this week identified Mohsen Fakhrizadeh as a key figure in suspected Iranian activities to develop the technology and skills needed for nuclear weapons and suggested he may still play a role in such efforts.

Nov 9, 2011

U.N. nuclear chief defies pressure, takes on Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear chief Yukiya Amano is showing steely determination to confront Iran over suspected atomic bomb research that belies his diffident public persona, even if it angers powerful member states such as Russia.

In doing so, Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, is likely to please the Western states which helped secure his job two years ago but may also draw accusations of pro-U.S. bias from those sympathetic to Iran.

Nov 9, 2011

Iran moved nuclear material to bunker: U.N. watchdog

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has started moving nuclear material to an underground facility for the pursuit of sensitive atomic activities, a U.N. nuclear agency report showed, a development likely to add to Western suspicions Tehran is trying to build a weapon.

The International Atomic Energy Agency document also said Iran had continued to stockpile low-enriched uranium (LEU) and one prominent U.S. think-tank said it had enough of the material for four nuclear weapons if it refines it further.

Nov 8, 2011

Iran worked on nuclear bomb design – U.N.

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting relevant research, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a hard-hitting report on Tehran’s nuclear programme likely to raise tensions in the Middle East.

Citing what it called “credible” information from member states and elsewhere, the agency listed a series of activities applicable to developing nuclear weapons, such as high explosives testing and development of an atomic bomb trigger.

Nov 8, 2011

Iran worked on nuclear bomb design: U.N. watchdog

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran appears to have worked on designing an atomic bomb and may still be conducting research relevant for such weapons, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in its most detailed and hard-hitting report on military dimensions to Tehran’s nuclear programme.

Citing what it called “credible” information from member states and elsewhere, the agency listed a series of activities applicable to developing nuclear weapons, such as high explosives testing and development of an atomic bomb trigger.