Iran rejects UN watchdog's nuclear report as 'political move'

A report by the UN's nuclear watchdog that accused Iran of doubling the number of uranium enrichment entrifuges it has in an underground bunker was politically motivated, as Iranian lawmaker said today.

Iran rejects IAEA nuclear report. Credit: Reuters

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report yesterday indicated that despite threat of an Israeli or US military strike on Tehran's nuclear facilities, it was rapidly increasing the enrichment capacity of its Fordow site, buried deep underground to withstand any such hit.

"Publishing this report while Iran is holding the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting does not mean anything other than it was a political move aimed at overshadowing the meeting in Tehran," lawmaker Kazem Jalali told the ISNA news agency.

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Iran expands nuclear enrichment

Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment machines it has in an underground bunker, the UN's nuclear watchdog said. The International Atomic Energy Agency says it needs access to Iran's Parchin site "without further delay".