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Jun 1, 2012

Buildings at Iran site “razed”: think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. think-tank has published satellite images which it says underscore suspicions that Iran is trying to destroy evidence of possible nuclear weapons-related research at a site that U.N. inspectors have not been allowed to visit.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted the pictures on its website hours after the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed diplomats similar images that western envoys said indicated a clean-up at the Parchin military facility.

May 31, 2012

Buildings at Iran military site “razed” – U.S. think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. think-tank has published satellite images which it says underscore suspicions that Iran is trying to destroy evidence of possible nuclear weapons-related research at a site that U.N. inspectors have not been allowed to visit.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted the pictures on its website hours after the U.N. nuclear watchdog showed diplomats similar images that western envoys said indicated a clean-up at the Parchin military facility.

May 31, 2012

Iran site buildings “completely razed”: U.S. think-tank

VIENNA (Reuters) – A U.S. security institute has published satellite images which it said increased concerns that Iran was trying to “destroy evidence” of suspected past research relevant for developing a nuclear weapons capability, a charge Tehran dismisses.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) posted them on its website hours after diplomats said the U.N. atomic watchdog showed what appeared to be similar imagery at a closed-door briefing in Vienna.

May 30, 2012

Image shows clean-up work undertaken at Iran military site: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear inspectors showed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that two side buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit, Western diplomats said.

One image from May 25 showed signs that “ground-scraping activities” had taken place at the Parchin facility as well as the presence of bulldozers, according to diplomats who attended a closed-door briefing by U.N. nuclear agency officials.

May 30, 2012

Image shows buildings gone at Iran site: diplomats

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear inspectors showed new satellite imagery on Wednesday indicating that two side buildings had been dismantled and other possible clean-up work undertaken at an Iranian military site they want to visit, Western diplomats said.

One image from May 25 showed signs that “ground-scraping activities” had taken place at the Parchin facility as well as the presence of bulldozers, according to diplomats who attended a closed-door briefing by U.N. nuclear agency officials.

May 30, 2012
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Euro slide helps Germany a lot, periphery little

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By Ian Campbell

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

Euro devaluation won’t save the zone. It will help growth, especially if the euro drops a lot more, but it will be already thriving Germany that benefits most, not the beleaguered periphery.

May 29, 2012
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Perhaps the Swiss should just join the euro?

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By Ian Campbell

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

If you can’t beat them, join them. That might be the message for Switzerland. The Swiss National Bank is trying to stop the Swiss franc being turned into the new Deutschmark as savers flee the euro zone. Why not adopt the single currency – at a suitable rate? Then, like Germany, Switzerland could have an easy ride – at least until nasty payback time.

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.