US sees 'apparent clean-up' at Iran site

2012-06-05 22:21
A space photograph of the Parchin nuclear site in Iran.

A space photograph of the Parchin nuclear site in Iran.

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Vienna - A senior US official said on Tuesday that Iran was carrying out apparent clean-up efforts at a military site, Parchin, that the UN nuclear watchdog wants to visit as part of a probe into suspected atom bomb research in the Islamic state.

Robert Wood, acting head of the US mission to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also told the IAEA's 35-nation board that Iran had produced enough low-enriched uranium for several nuclear weapons if refined further to high levels.

"Iran has actually accelerated its production of low-enriched uranium," Wood said, according to a copy of his statement.

"There appears no immediate peaceful need for such stockpiles or for such an acceleration of the programme, and we would note that this quantity of low-enriched uranium is enough for several nuclear weapons if further enriched to higher levels."

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