New IAEA Report: Iran Installing Centrifuges in Fordow (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/24/12)
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Western diplomats said on Wednesday that the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded that Iran installed 350 new
centrifuges at the Fordow underground facility since February.
The diplomats said, according to reports in the Israeli media, that
the IAEA will reveal this information in a new report to be released
on Friday. The installation of more centrifuges has increased the
Islamic Republic’s potential to enrich uranium.
The remarks were made after Iran and the P5+1 traded proposals in
Baghdad on Wednesday, as a new round of talks over Tehran´s
controversial nuclear program got underway.
Iran is keen to ease sanctions on its vital oil ministry and central
bank by Western nations, who have said they are unwilling to give up
their key leverage point without a comprehensive agreement.
Ahead of talks the P5+1 - the five permanent members of the UN
Security Council plus Germany - indicated they may be willing to
limit their demands to Tehran halting enrichment to 20%, shipping all
uranium enriched to 20% out of the country, and closing the highly
fortified Fordow facility.
The Islamic Republic admitted last year it was moving more centrifuge
machines for enriching uranium to the underground facility, which is
carved into a mountain to protect it against possible attacks.
The existence of the facility near Qom only came to light after it
was identified by Western intelligence agencies in September 2009.
The UN’s nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran begun enriching
uranium at the plant.
In March, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said that a tripling on the
enrichment of uranium at the Fordow nuclear site, along with Iran’s
rejection of IAEA attempts to inspect nuclear facilities, point to
concern that the Islamic Republic might be developing nuclear
capability for other than peaceful purposes.
On Tuesday, it was reported that Iran will sign an agreement to
cooperate with the IAEA nuclear watchdog agency.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, returned to Vienna after a one-day visit to Tehran and
announced that “a decision was made to conclude and sign the
agreement. I can say it will be signed quite soon."
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman expressed skepticism over the
agreement, saying the Iranians are trying to create a more pleasant
and relaxed atmosphere during negotiations but that their goal
remains the same - to obtain nuclear weapons.
“While sanctions on Iran have an impact, it is not enough of an
impact to bring a real change in the situation,” Lieberman said. “We
should also pay attention to the negative Iranian involvement in
every possible place in the Middle East.”
Earlier, Defense Minister Ehud Barak also expressed doubt over the
value of an agreement between the IAEA and Iran.
“It appears that the Iranians are trying to reach a ‘technical
agreement’ which will create the impression of progress in the talks,
in order to remove some of the pressure before the [P5+1] talks
tomorrow in Baghdad; as well as to put off the intensification of
sanctions,” Barak said. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/24/12)
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