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UN accuses Iran of boosting its nuclear capacity

The UN's latest inspection of Iran's nuclear processing plants has turned up worrying details of rising capacity and signs of a growing cover up. Iran still says it's only for energy, not weapons.

But there was nothing peaceful about some of the language used today in the rising tension between Iran and Israel, as our Middle East Correspondent John Ray reports.

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Iran will not abandon 'peaceful use' of nuclear energy

Iran's supreme leader says the country will not abandon its "peaceful" atomic program. The United States and its allies suspect Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

I declare that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never been after nuclear weapons and it will never abandon its right for peaceful use of nuclear energy. Nuclear arms have neither provided security nor boosted political power.

– Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has the final say on all state matters in Iran.

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UN nuclear watchdog reports rise in Iran's enriched Uranium

The UN's nuclear watchdog says Iran is preparing for a possible major expansion of uranium enrichment in an underground complex.

  • The Fordow site is buried deep inside a mountain
  • The number of enrichment centrifuges there has more than doubled to 2,140 from 1,064 in May
  • However, the new machines are not yet operating

The International Atomic Energy Agency also says "extensive activities" at Iran's Parchin military complex will hamper its investigation of possible past nuclear weapons development work there - if inspectors are granted access.

IAEA says would 'not be surprised' by North Korea nuclear test

The United Nations' nuclear chief has said he would not be surprised if North Korea carried out a new nuclear test.

Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said at a conference in the Swiss town of St Gallen:

"We don't have inspectors on the ground. We are following the situation carefully. We do not have particular knowledge or information but if a nuclear test takes place I would not be surprised."

– Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency
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