Diplomats: Iran installed more enrichment centrifuges

By REUTERS
May 23, 2012 22:28

 
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VIENNA - A UN watchdog report is expected to show that Iran has installed more uranium enrichment centrifuges at an underground site, potentially boosting output capacity of nuclear work major powers want it to stop, Western diplomatic sources say.

Two sources said the Islamic state may have placed in position nearly 350 machines since February - in addition to the almost 700 centrifuges already operating at the Fordow facility - but that they were not yet being used to refine uranium.

If confirmed in the next quarterly report on Iran's nuclear program by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, tentatively expected on Friday, it is likely to be seen as a sign of continued defiance by the Islamic state of international demands to suspend such activity. Iran is currently engaged in high-level talks with the P5+1 powers, who are focused on stemming the advance of Tehran's contentious nuclear program. IAEA chief Yukiya Amano flew into Iran earlier this week, saying he was expecting to sign a deal with Iran soon to unblock an investigation into suspected work on atom bomb.

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