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Iran starts uranium enrichment – IAEA

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The IAEA has confirmed the start of uranium enrichment in Iran. In a statement on Monday the agency said  an underground facility near the holy city of Qom had started work to enrich uranium to 20 percent Tehran says is needed for operating a reactor to produce isotopes for medical purposes.

The plant’s inaccessible mountainous location makes it a difficult target for the US and its allies.

The US and many other western countries  suspect Tehran of developing a nuclear weapon under the guise of peaceful nuclear research. Tehran insists its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.