Iran to resume nuclear activities

Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog agency it plans to resume some nuclear activities, an agency spokesman said today.

Iran has told the UN nuclear watchdog agency it plans to resume some nuclear activities, an agency spokesman said today.

Iran told the agency it planned to resume reprocessing of uranium, agency spokesman Peter Rickwood said.

The country asked the agency “to be prepared for the implementation of safeguards related activities in a timely manner prior to the resumption” of reprocessing, Rickwood said.

The agency told Iran it needed to install additional surveillance equipment before any reprocessing resumed, he added.

Iran halted reprocessing and enrichment in November under pressure led by the US, which claims Iran is trying to build nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear programme is focussed only at producing energy.

Iran plans to resume work at the Isfahan plant, which converts uranium ore concentrate, known as yellowcake, into uranium gas, the feedstock for enrichment.

Uranium enriched to high levels can be used for nuclear bombs; at low levels it is used as fuel for nuclear energy plants.

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