U.N. Report Says Iran Undeterred on Nuke Course

May 23, 2007 11:13am

Iran is undeterred from its current course of gaining the ability to enrich large quantities of uranium, according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) obtained by the Blotter on ABCNews.com. The strongly worded report says Iran has failed to comply with the U.N. Security Council resolution calling on them to demonstrate their nuclear program is strictly peaceful. According to the IAEA report, Iran now has 2,132 centrifuges either enriching uranium or in the process of installation. THE BLOTTER RECOMMENDS Blotter IAEA: Iran Has 1,300 Centrifuges Up and Running Blotter Exclusive: Iran Nuclear Bomb Could Be Possible by 2009 Click Here to Check Out Brian Ross Slideshows The U.N. inspectors found Iran is making rapid progress toward the goal of having 3,000 centrifuges up and running sometime this summer. Nuclear experts say that once Iran has the 3,000 centrifuges operating, they will have the technical capacity to produce enough enriched uranium for one bomb a year. The reports says as of May 13, eight 154-machine cascades were operating simultaneously and being fed with uranium hexafluoride, the gas needed to produce enriched uranium. Click Here for Full Blotter Coverage. The IAEA report says Iran has reached enrichment levels of 4.8 percent U-235, consistent with the levels needed for reactor fuel. Weapons-grade uranium would require enrichment of 90 percent or more. The report also says Iran has continued to refuse to answer longstanding requests from the IAEA about a long list of issues, including possible weaponization of uranium and studies of missile warhead design. "The agency remains unable to make further progress in its efforts to verify certain aspects relevant to the scope and nature of Iran’s nuclear programme," the report concluded.    Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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