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Iran limits nuclear co-operation

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Iran is to partially suspend its co-operation with UN nuclear inspectors in response to a widening of international sanctions. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has described the sanctions as illegal and says his country will press ahead with its nuclear programme, which it insists is for energy generation.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki warned that the latest UN resolution was a mistake. The UN voted on Saturday to levy a second round of sanctions against Tehran for its failure to suspend uranium enrichment.

In response, the Iranian government has decided to limit access by UN nuclear watchdog inspectors to its nuclear plants. And from now on, plans for new nuclear power plants will be made public only six months before they begin production.

A further inspection is due this week and diplomats are monitoring the situation closely.