Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Iran removes UN seals from nuclear facility


Iran has removed seals from a nuclear facility and will begin research there in the coming hours, the UN nuclear watchdog the IAEA has confirmed.

The move ends a two-year suspension of research, and could result in Tehran being referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions.

The European Union said the move violated a deal it had with Iran.

Western countries fear Iran's nuclear programme could be used to make atomic bombs, but Tehran denies such a goal.

It says the project is for the peaceful production of energy only.

"What we [have resumed] is merely in the field of research, not more than that," the deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Saeedi, said on Tuesday.

"We distinguish between research on nuclear fuel technology and production of nuclear fuel. Production of nuclear fuel remains suspended."

Right now the UN is breaking out their thesaurus to whip up a very harshly worded document to tell Iran not to do this again or they'll send them yet another harshly worded document.