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Iran plans boost to uranium production capacity

Iran plans boost to uranium production capacity
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Iran says it will increase its uranium production capacity amid allegations by the West that it wants to build nuclear bombs.

The international community has already imposed sanctions on the country for continuing to pursue its atomic programme but Tehran is defiant.

“This year, under the supervision of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency, we will transfer 20 percent enrichment from the Natanz site to the Fordow site and we will increase the production capacity by three times,” state broadcaster IRIB quoted the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, as saying.

He gave no timeline as to when the changes would occur.

Iran only admitted to Fordow’s existence in 2009 after Western intelligence claimed it was involved in a covert nuclear programme. The Persian Gulf nation says it is purely for peaceful purposes.

The move will be seen as a rebuke to the IAEA. Its Director General Yukiya Amano said on Monday that the agency had some evidence that it could be for military ends.

Uranium enriched to 90 percent is needed to make bombs.