Iran Expanding Its Nuke Program
Posted on May 23, 2007
A report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency reveals that Iran is moving forward with its nuclear program, in defiance of sanctions imposed in March by the United Nations. The watchdog agency says Tehran is obstructing the IAEA’s investigative efforts to monitor suspicious nuclear activities, according to the BBC.
In a confidential report, a copy of which was obtained by the BBC, the IAEA said Iran was operating eight cascades of 164 centrifuges, which are sets of machines used for enrichment at its underground site in Natanz.
It said it was in the process of installing five more.
A senior UN official said if Iran continued at the present rate it would have 3,000 centrifuges by the end of June.
The report said Iran had agreed to unannounced inspections and surveillance measures at Natanz.
AP Photo / Vahid Salemi
Iran’s nuclear work is a concern because of the possibility that it might make highly enriched uranium, which can be used for nuclear bombs.