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Iran denies witholding nuclear information


The UN’s nuclear watchdog says Iran may still be holding back information on its controversial nuclear activities. Tehran must provide additional explanations of its atomic programme, according to the latest report by officials from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA has been pressing Iran for answers to Western intelligence allegations that it has secretly studied the design of atomic bombs.

Officials in Tehran say all questions about its nuclear sector have been answered. The UN Security Council, however, has imposed three sets of resolutions on sanctions, but Tehran has refused to stop uranium enrichment, insisting it is to generate electricity and not develop an arsenal of warheads as many in the West fear.

Iran currently operates 3,500 centrifuges at its plant at Natanz. Iranian officials have told the IAEA of plans to extend that number to 6000 by the end of the summer.

Iran has been under IAEA investigation since 2002.

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