Iran: New UN sanctions would end Teheran's nuclear cooperation

The UN nuclear agency on Thursday called Iran's cooperation with its investigation of past suspicious atomic activities "a significant step forward," in a report expected to hamper US-led efforts for new sanctions on Teheran. At the same time, the report confirmed that Iran continued to expand its uranium enrichment program, reflecting the Islamic republic's defiance of the UN Security Council. Still, UN officials said, both enrichment and the building of a plutonium-producing reactor was continuing more slowly than expected.