Iran Nuclear Satellite Pic 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Nov 8 - Here is a timeline on Iran's nuclear program in the last year:
Nov. 23, 2010 - An IAEA report
says Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Nov. 22
that 28 cascades, or interlinked units of centrifuges, normally 164 in
number, are now enriching uranium.
-- Iran tells inspectors it
has produced around 7,017 pounds (3,183 kg) of LEU since February 2007,
about 840 pounds (380 kg) more than at the start of August. That amount
is enough for at least two atom bombs, if enriched to 90 percent fissile
Dec. 5 - Iranian nuclear energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi
says Iran will use domestically produced uranium concentrates, known as
yellowcake, for the first time at a key nuclear facility, cutting
reliance on imports of the ingredient for nuclear fuel.
Dec. 6 -
Talks begin in Geneva between Iranian nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili
and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who is leading the
discussions for the six world powers.
Jan. 21, 2011 - The six
powers fail to prise any concessions from Iran, such as limits on
enrichment activity and transparency about it, in talks. The EU and US
call the talks disappointing and saying no further meetings are planned.
28 - Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says he held fruitful and frank
discussions with his EU counterpart, Ashton, that he hopes will lead to
April 8 - Nuclear fuel is again loaded into Iran's Russian-built reactor at Bushehr after a series of delays to its launch.
9 - Iran holds annual celebration of nuclear program, announcing the
production and testing of second and third generation centrifuges -- the
machines which enrich uranium to a purity needed to power nuclear
reactors, or even up to nuclear weapons grade.
May 24 - The IAEA
says it has received new information about possible military aspects to
Iran's atomic activities. Its report also shows Iran amassing more
low-enriched uranium, despite increased international sanctions.
9 - Russia and China join Western powers in telling Iran its
"consistent failure" to comply with UN resolutions "deepened concerns"
about possible military dimensions to its nuclear program.
statement was issued a day after Iran said it would triple production of
higher-grade uranium and shift it to an underground bunker, protected
from possible air strikes.
July 12 - Salehi says he held "very
fruitful" discussions with Yukiya Amano, the IAEA director general, and
they had agreed to explore ways to help resolve outstanding issues.
IAEA gives a different picture, saying in a brief statement that Amano
had "reiterated the agency's position on the issues where Iran is not
meeting its obligations".
Aug. 3 - Iran has no intention of
making an atomic bomb and its nuclear program is for purely peaceful
purposes, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says in a television interview.
22 - Iran says it is transferring centrifuges from its only enrichment
plant at Natanz to a new underground, bunkered facility at Fordow with
full observance of non-proliferation safeguards.
Aug. 23 - Iran
allows IAEA Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts rare access to a
facility for developing advanced enrichment machines during a tour of
all of the country's main atomic sites, an Iranian envoy says.
3 - After many years of delays, the Bushehr nuclear plant begins to
provide electricity to the national grid, with a power of around 60
megawatts, state news agency IRNA reports.
Sept. 22 -
Ahmadinejad, speaking at the United Nations, says Tehran will stop
producing 20 percent enriched uranium if it is guaranteed fuel for a
medical research reactor, seeking to revive a fuel swap deal that fell
apart in 2009.
Oct. 18 - Iran's nuclear program is struggling with low-performing
centrifuges but would still be able to produce material usable in atom
bombs, says a report by the Institute for Science and International
Security, a US think tank.
Oct. 21 - Iran plans to soon start
moving nuclear material to its underground Fordow site for the pursuit
of sensitive atomic activities, diplomatic sources say.
batch of uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6) -- material which is fed into
machines used to refine uranium -- is to be transferred to Fordow site
near the holy city of Qom in preparation for launching enrichment work
Nov. 8 - IAEA releases a report saying Iran has worked on
developing a nuclear weapon design, and testing and other research
relevant for nuclear arms, and some of the activities may still be going