VIENNA, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Iran is further expanding its nuclear capacity by installing more centrifuges at an underground enrichment plant, a UN nuclear watchdog's latest report said on Friday.
Nearly 2,800 centrifuges have been installed at the Fordow fuel enrichment plant, buried deep inside a mountainous region, near the city of Qom, an increase of about 644 centrifuges compared to previous report released in August.
The report, however, noted that there was no increase in the number of the centrifuges being operating, which was reported to be 700 in August.
Iran has obtained about 233 kg of 20 percent-enriched uranium, an increase of 43 kg since August this year. The uranium at this level can be turned into weapons grade relatively fast and easily.
The report also show concerns about the activities at Parchin site, a military base, where the UN investigations were banned by Iran, stressing that the ongoing activities at the site would seriously undermined IAEA's verification.
Diplomats feared that the increasing number of the centrifuges installed at Fordow enrichment site might lead to a sharp increase of monthly production of 20 percent enriched uranium in the next few months, which increases the West suspicion on Iran's nuclear plan.
Western nations have imposed severe sanctions on Iran to force the Islamic Republic to make a concession on the negotiating table.
The Iranian government denies the accusation of alleged nuclear ambitions, saying Tehran's nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.
MOSCOW, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Russia has called for more urgency in setting up a new round of nuclear talks between Iran and international mediators.
The general rhetoric in supporting another round of talks reached no concrete progress, and Moscow was disappointed by the lack of progress in preparing for future negotiations, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told reporters Friday. Full story
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday vowed to make new diplomatic push aimed to solve the Iranian nuclear stalemate, noting that there is still a "window of time" to settle the issue peacefully.
"I will try to make a push in the coming months to see if we can open up a dialogue between Iran and not just us but the international community, to see if we can get this thing resolved, " Obama said in his first White House press conference since his re-election. Full story
TEHRAN, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- Iran's permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asghar Soltanieh confirmed on Saturday the resumption of talks with the UN nuclear watchdog, semi-official Mehr news agency reported.
On Friday, an IAEA spokesperson announced that experts from the IAEA and Iran will meet on Dec. 13 in Tehran for a new round of talks on Iran's nuclear issue. Full story
TEHRAN, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian officials on Thursday called for the recognition of the nuclear "rights" of the country and for the directs talks with the United States over the controversial nuclear program of the Islamic republic.
The United States and its western allies have been accusing Iran of secretly developing nuclear weapons under a civilian disguise, a charge that has always been denied by Tehran. Full story