Uranium Enrichment Centrifuges
The London Telegraph
Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them, a UN nuclear report showed, a development likely to worry Western powers hoping for a change of course under the country's new president.
The International Atomic Energy Agency's quarterly report – the first since relative moderate Hassan Rouhani won Iran's June presidential election – also said the Islamic state had started making fuel assemblies for a reactor which the West fears could yield nuclear bomb material. Iran denies any such aim.
On the other hand, Iran's most sensitive nuclear stockpile has grown little – remaining below its arch-enemy Israel's stated "red line" that could provoke military action – since the previous IAEA report in May. This could buy time for more negotiations with six world powers.
The IAEA report showed Iran continuing to press ahead with its disputed nuclear program at a time when the outside world is waiting to see if Rouhani will act to ease tension with the Islamic Republic's Western critics.
Envoys accredited to the IAEA had cautioned against reading too much into the latest inspectors' report as it mainly covered developments before Rouhani took office on Aug 3, replacing the conservative hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Iran says its nuclear energy program is for power generation and medical purposes only, rejecting Western allegations that it seeks the capability to make nuclear weapons.
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Editor's Note: One has to wonder if Japan would have been as complacent as the West (read: US) is with Iran had they known about the Manhattan Project...
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