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IAEA: Iranian Cooperation Significant

Posted by alanmirs on September 6, 2007

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with media during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007. Ahmadinejad reiterated Tuesday that Tehran has achieved full proficiency in the nuclear fuel cycle and warned the West that dialogue and friendship _ not threats _ were the right way to deal with Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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IAEA: Iranian Cooperation Significant

By GEORGE JAHN – 6 days ago

VIENNA, Austria (AP) — The U.N. nuclear agency said Thursday that Iran was producing less nuclear fuel than expected and praised Tehran for "a significant step forward" in explaining past atomic actions that have raised suspicions.

The assessment is expected to make it more difficult for the United States to rally support for a new round of sanctions against Tehran.

At the same time, the report confirmed that Iran continued to expand its uranium enrichment program, reflecting the Islamic republic’s defiance of the U.N. Security Council. Still, U.N. officials said, both enrichment and the building of a plutonium-producing reactor was continuing more slowly than expected.

Iran promptly touted the report as supporting Iran’s stand that the U.S.-led calls for a third round of U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment were




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