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Diplomats say Iran plans to install modern machinery that will vastly speed up nuke program

FILE - In this Sept. 2007 file picture an anti-aircraft gun position is seen at Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, Iran. Iran is poised for a major technological update of its uranium enrichment program, allowing it to vastly increase production of the material that can be used for both reactor fuel and nuclear warheads, diplomats told The Associated Press Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013. The diplomats said that Iran last week told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it wants to install thousands of high-technology machines at its main enriching site at Natanz, in central Iran. The machines are estimated to be able to enrich up to five times faster than the present equipment. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian, File)
January 31, 2013 - 12:59 AM

VIENNA - Diplomats tell The Associated Press that Iran plans to vastly increase the speed of its uranium enrichment program, which can make both reactor fuel and the core of nuclear warheads.

The diplomats say Iran has told the International Atomic Energy Agency that it wants to install thousands of high-technology machines at its main enriching site at Natanz, in central Iran. The machines can enrich two or three times faster than the present equipment being used by Tehran.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear weapons. It says it is enriching only to power reactors and for scientific and medical purposes.

The diplomats demanded anonymity because they are not allowed to divulge confidential information.

News from © The Associated Press, 2013
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