'UN report stokes concern over Iran nuke program'

European Union says Iran's expansion of nuclear activity breaks UN resolutions, raises concern over nature of program.

By REUTERS
May 23, 2013 13:36
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Centrifuges Natanz 390. (photo credit: REUTERS)

BRUSSELS - Iran's expansion of sensitive nuclear activity breaks United Nations resolutions and increases concerns about whether its nuclear program is entirely peaceful, the European Union said on Thursday.

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"It thereby violates the requirements contained in the IAEA board resolution adopted on 13 September 2012, which calls on Iran to step up cooperation with the IAEA," he said.

Ashton represents six world powers in long-running negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

The latest IAEA report said Iran is pressing on with construction of a research reactor that Western experts say could eventually produce plutonium for a nuclear weapon if Tehran decides to make one.

It said Iran had added to its capacity to refine uranium, which can also provide the fissile core of a bomb if enriched to a high level.


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