Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, 350 km south of Tehran, April 8, 2008.
Iran’s Bid To Buy Banned Magnets Stokes Fears About Major Expansion Of Nuclear Capacity -- Washington Post
Iran recently sought to acquire tens of thousands of highly specialized magnets used in centrifuge machines, according to experts and diplomats, a sign that the country may be planning a major expansion of its nuclear program that could shorten the path to an atomic weapons capability.
Purchase orders obtained by nuclear researchers show an attempt by Iranian agents to buy 100,000 of the ring-shaped magnets — which are banned from export to Iran under U.N. resolutions — from China about a year ago, those familiar with the effort said. It is unclear whether the attempt succeeded.
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Update: Iran Upgrades Devices at Nuclear Plant as Talks Resume -- New York Times
My Comment: So much for this assessment.