Iranians remove suspicious equipment before IAEA inspection

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 28, 2010 22:28

VIENNA — UN nuclear inspectors revisiting an Iranian laboratory suspected of involvement in a nuclear weapons program discovered that equipment has been removed, diplomats said Friday.

Senior officials within the International Atomic Energy Agency are concerned that the removal was an attempted cover-up.

The equipment can be used for pyroprocessing, a procedure used to purify uranium metal used in nuclear warheads.

Iran had confirmed that it carried out pyroprocessing experiments, but then backtracked in March.


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