Iran has said it wants to continue talks with the Europeans over its nuclear programme even as work to resume uranium conversion continues.
Emergency talks are being held at the UN’s nuclear watchdog over how to stop Tehran refining fuel that could be used in atomic bombs.
IAEA boss Mohammed ElBaradei said: “The board will request Iran to reconsider its decision to unravel part of the suspension. This is clearly an issue which is being negotiated.”
The Iranians are expected to begin breaking UN seals on key uranium conversion equipment at their Isfahan plant today.
The facility was placed out of bounds when Tehran agreed to suspend all nuclear fuel work last November.
The Iranians deny they are trying to make secret weapons, and have brushed off threats of UN Security Council sanctions.