Iran 'to speed nuclear programme'
Iran plans to vastly increase the speed of its uranium enrichment programme, which can make both reactor fuel and the core of nuclear warheads, diplomats say.
Tehran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it wants to install thousands of high-technology machines at its main enriching site at Natanz, in central Iran, the diplomats, who asked not to be named, told the Associated Press.
The machines can enrich two or three times faster than the present equipment being used by Tehran.
Iran denies any interest in nuclear weapons. It says it is enriching only to power reactors and for scientific and medical purposes.
The UN, US and EU have imposed sanctions on Iran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.
Israel has warned it could take military action if the nuclear threat is not removed.
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