Sunday 1 February 2015

Iran 'ready to expand nuclear work'

Published 16/11/2012 | 17:44

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, centre, visiting the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility (AP Photo/Iranian President's Office)

Iran is poised to double output of higher-enriched uranium that can be turned easily into the core of a nuclear warhead, the UN nuclear agency says.

The International Atomic Energy Agency's finding is contained in a report it circulated today among the agency's 35-nation board and obtained by The Associated Press.

The report says Iran is technically ready within days to ramp up its production of 20% enriched uranium at its Fordo facility, doubling its present output and cutting in half the time it would take to acquire enough of the substance to make a nuclear weapon.

The report confirms information given to the AP yesterday by diplomats accredited to the IAEA.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear arms. (IAEA)

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