VIENNA | Iran has told the U.N. nuclear agency that it will deploy more modern machines to refine uranium, a defiant move that may further complicate diplomatic efforts to resolve the dispute over Tehran’s atomic activities peacefully.
The Islamic Republic said in a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency that it will use the new centrifuges at its main enrichment plant near the central town of Natanz, according to an IAEA communication to member states seen by Reuters.
Such a step could enable Iran to enrich uranium much faster than it can at the moment and increase concerns in the West and Israel about Tehran’s nuclear program, which they fear has military links. Iran says its work is entirely peaceful.
It was not clear how many of the new centrifuges Iran planned to install at Natanz, which is designed for tens of thousands of machines. Analysts say sanctions may have limited Iran’s access to spare parts needed to produce sophisticated enrichment centrifuges in larger numbers.
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