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Iran ends “constructive” talks with IAEA

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Laaska News Feb. 1, 2012

Iran has ended what it calls constructive talks with inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran’s Fars news agency quoted sources close to the Iranian atomic energy organization as saying that the 3-day inspection ended on Tuesday and the inspectors will leave Iran later in the day.

The 2 sides reportedly agreed to continue consultations.

The IAEA team led by Deputy Director General Herman Nackaerts visited Iran after the agency raised the suspicion in its November report that Iran carried out tests and simulations to develop nuclear weapons.

Western nations are stepping up sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
Iran is believed to be trying to fend off international pressure by accepting the IAEA team.

But whether the inspection was effective remains unclear, because Iranian media report that the team did not visit any nuclear facilities.

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Iran keeps options open on nuclear development – U.S. official

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Iran has the technological and industrial potential needed to produce nuclear weapons, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence of the United States, has told the Senate.

He said that Iran was “keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons” but added that it was unclear whether Iran would eventually decide to build them.

Tehran is expanding its uranium enrichment capacity, which, in Clapper’s opinion, could be used for both civilian and military purposes.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, by the end of December Iran had 4,150 kg of 3.5%-enriched uranium and about 80 kg of uranium enriched to 20%.

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