Tuesday, January 31, 2006

IAEA Confirms Iran Prepares for nuclear enrichment

The U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed on Tuesday that Iran had begun preparing for nuclear enrichment, which can make fuel for bombs, and continued to hinder a probe of unanswered questions about Iran's atomic aims.

In a confidential report to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) board of governors, the agency said Iran had not yet begun enrichment itself but had started renovation work at its Natanz enrichment site.

Iran also prevented U.N. inspectors from questioning a key scientis linked to the procurement of equipment that could have been used to make weapons and did not let the IAEA copy documents related to the production of nuclear weapons, the report said.