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".

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Israel under international pressure not to attack Iran alone

Israel is facing growing international pressure not to attack Iran unilaterally, with the US in particular making clear its firm opposition to any such strike. It follows pressure on world leaders to halt Iran's contested nuclear programme.

The US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey made comments that Washington did not want to be blamed for any Israeli initiative, according to an interview with the Guardian.

I don't want to be complicit if they (Israel) choose to do it. (This) could be undone if (Iran) was attacked prematurely.

– Martin Dempsey, US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General

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.


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.

Scale of Iran nuclear processing 'concerning'

Every incremental increase brings Iran closer to the day when it could produce a nuclear weapon, should it make the political decision to do so. They're not there yet, this is an incremental increase... But it would certainly be seen as concerning in Israel and parts of the US.

– Mark Fitzpatrick. International Institute for Strategic Studies


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.

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.

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