Thursday, January 31, 2013

Iran Vows To Speed Up Uranium Enrichment

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility. (Reuters)

Iran Is Said to Be Set to Accelerate Uranium Enrichment -- New York Times

LONDON — Iran has told the United Nations nuclear supervisory body that it plans to install more sophisticated equipment at its principal nuclear enrichment plant, a diplomat said on Thursday, enabling it to greatly accelerate its processing of uranium in a move likely to alarm the United States, Israel and the West.

The diplomat, based in Vienna which is the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, cited a letter from Iranian officials to the I.A.E.A. saying it wants to upgrade its main enrichment plant at Natanz. The upgrade could speed up enrichment by as much as two or three times, the diplomat said, requesting anonymity in light of the confidential nature of the Iranian note.

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More News On Reports That Iran is Accelerating It's Uranium Enrichment

Iran Tells UN Monitors Uranium Enrichment Output Is Rising -- SFGate/Bloomberg
Iran 'plans to upgrade enrichment equipment' -- BBC
Diplomats: Iran prepared to up nuclear program -- AP
Iran Plans Nuclear Equipment Upgrade -- Voice of America
Nuke fast track? Iran plans to up uranium-enrichment capacity -- Christian Science Monitor/Reuters
Diplomats: Iran seeking to upgrade nuclear equipment -- USA Today
Diplomats Say Iran To Speed Up Nuclear Enrichment
-- Radio Free Europe
Iran plans to speed up nuclear fuel work -- News24
Iran plans to upgrade its nuclear facility at Natanz nuclear plant -- Xinhuanet
Iran to install new nuclear equipment at Natanz site -- Global Post/AFP

My Comment: The Russian response to this uranium enrichment acceleration illustrates how much they are in denial on what is happening .... and totally uninterested in Western concerns. Their response is here.

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