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Nov 8, 2011

IAEA may show recent bomb-related atom work by Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.N. nuclear watchdog report due this week is expected to show recent activity in Iran that could help in developing nuclear bombs, including intelligence about computer modeling of such weapons, Western diplomats said on Tuesday.

“There are bits and pieces of information that go up through 2010,” one Vienna-based diplomat said.

Nov 7, 2011

Iran used foreign expertise for atom work: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.N. nuclear watchdog report is expected to show concern that Iran benefited from foreign expertise to help develop technology that could be used to build atomic bombs, Western officials said on Monday.

Tehran is “clearly trying to reach out to nuclear scientists around the world,” a Western diplomat accredited to the U.N. agency in Vienna said, suggesting it was a case of Iran contacting individuals rather than their governments.

Nov 7, 2011

Q+A: U.N. report on Iran’s nuclear program

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. atomic watchdog is set to issue a report this week with detailed intelligence pointing to research and experiments in Iran to develop the technology and skills needed to make nuclear bombs, Western diplomats say.

The following addresses questions about the report:

WHY IS THE IAEA PUBLISHING ITS FINDINGS NOW?

The International Atomic Energy Agency has voiced increasing disquiet about possible military dimensions to Iran’s nuclear program in a series of quarterly reports. They have lent independent weight to Western allegations that Tehran is seeking the means to build atomic bombs behind the facade of a declared civilian nuclear energy program.

Nov 6, 2011

Q+A: Growing concerns about Iran’s nuclear program

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is set this week to issue a detailed report with new evidence pointing to suspected research activity in Iran to develop an atomic arms capability, diplomats say.

Western officials and experts believe Iran is making efforts in the three main areas needed for building deliverable nuclear arms — refining uranium that could be turned into weapons grade fissile material, warhead design work and missile development.

Nov 6, 2011

IAEA report on Iran set to stoke Middle East tension

VIENNA (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Iranian intentions and fuelling Middle East tension.

Western powers are likely to seize on the International Atomic Energy Agency document, which has been preceded by media speculation in Israel of military strikes against Iranian nuclear sites, to press for more sanctions on the oil producer.

Nov 4, 2011

IAEA report to point to military work – diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.N. watchdog report on Iran’s nuclear programme next week is expected to include evidence of research and other activities which make little sense if not weapons-related, Western diplomats said on Friday.

They said the keenly awaited document by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will strengthen suspicions that Tehran is seeking to develop a capability to make atomic bombs but stop short of explicitly saying that it is doing so.

Nov 2, 2011

Russia, China may blunt Western pressure on Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese reluctance may complicate any Western campaign to parlay a U.N. watchdog report this month into political momentum for tougher sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear programme, diplomats and analysts say.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), due next week, has exposed divisions among world powers on how to best handle the long-running row over Iranian nuclear activities the West fears are aimed at developing atom bombs.

Nov 2, 2011

Analysis: Russia, China may blunt Western pressure on Iran

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian and Chinese reluctance may complicate any Western campaign to parlay a U.N. watchdog report this month into political momentum for tougher sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, diplomats and analysts say.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), due next week, has exposed divisions among world powers on how to best handle the long-running row over Iranian nuclear activities the West fears are aimed at developing atom bombs.

Nov 2, 2011
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Becalmed UK in danger of double dip

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By Ian Campbell
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The UK economy looks dangerously becalmed. While GDP did increase a good-looking 0.5 percent in the third quarter, the number was flattered by a catch up from a royal wedding-distracted spring. Besides, there has only been a 0.5 percent rise over the full year. And now a euro zone storm is brewing. That Tuesday’s UK manufacturing survey for October dropped to the lowest level for over two years is no coincidence — but is alarming.

Oct 26, 2011
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Euro-recession, not rebellion, is what boxes UK in

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By Ian Campbell. The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

An E.U. protest vote by members of his own party has knocked the UK prime minister. For the moment, the Conservative party rebellion is largely symbolic.