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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.

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.