Wednesday, August 30, 2006

U.N. watchdog says Iran enriching uranium

The Washington Times:
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency says Iran has resumed enriching a small amount of uranium, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency said they will provide details in a report Thursday to the U.N. Security Council. Thursday is the deadline for Iran to agree to suspend uranium enrichment, or face economic sanctions. READ MORE

IAEA officials who did not want to be identified told the Post the Iranians are working at a slow pace with small quantities of uranium and that they are enriching the material to an extremely low level that could not be used for nuclear weapons.

While Russia and China have been reluctant to agree to U.S. demands for sanctions, U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told the Post the Bush administration was adamant.

"Should (Iran) not comply by Thursday, and should the IAEA report confirm Iran's continued efforts to enrich uranium, the U.S. will move to begin sanctions discussion at the United Nations and we expect a sanctions resolution to be passed," he said.