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August 31, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Iran continues to expand its ability to enrich uranium, but is operating far below capacity and cooperating more fully in clearing up questions about its efforts, a U.N. report said Thursday. According to the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran operates 1,968 centrifuges for producing enriched uranium that could ultimately be used to make nuclear weapons or generate electricity, a 50% increase over the number it had on line in April.
May 24, 2007 | Bob Drogin, Times Staff Writer
Defying the international community, Iran has sharply upgraded its capacity to enrich uranium in recent months while the outside world's access to and grasp of Tehran's nuclear program "has deteriorated," according to an unusually blunt report Wednesday by the International Atomic Energy Agency. As two U.S.
February 27, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
U.S. and other leading diplomats prepared Monday to consider possible new sanctions in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program, even as Iran's top nuclear negotiator again signaled that Tehran would be willing to engage in "constructive and logical" negotiations with Washington.
February 25, 2007 | Bob Drogin and Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writers
Although international concern is growing about Iran's nuclear program and its regional ambitions, diplomats here say most U.S. intelligence shared with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has proved inaccurate and none has led to significant discoveries inside Iran. The officials said the CIA and other Western spy services had provided sensitive information to the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency at least since 2002, when Iran's long-secret nuclear program was exposed.
February 10, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The U.N. nuclear agency signaled Friday that it was preparing to cancel technical aid on nearly half its nuclear cooperation projects with Iran, a significant step toward implementing sanctions aimed at halting the nation's controversial uranium enrichment program.
February 4, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The squat, tan buildings with barred windows can be reached only by driving well outside the city to a flat stretch of desert on the edge of the hills. The site is surrounded by an array of antiaircraft artillery emplacements, each with one or two soldiers at the ready, and a large metal fence topped with barbed wire. Once inside the reception hall, visitors are greeted by a huge poster that reads, "Nuclear Energy Is Our Obvious Right."
December 24, 2006 | Maggie Farley, Times Staff Writer
The Security Council voted unanimously Saturday to impose sanctions on Iran intended to curtail its nuclear program, ending two months of haggling that highlighted the divisions among council members rather than their unity. The resolution, delayed by disagreements over how restrictive the penalties should be, bans the transfer of technology and materials that could help Iran build nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.
November 11, 2006 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
A defiant Iran, calling the Republican defeat in the U.S. elections a "landmark victory for the Iranian nation," warned Friday that it would reassess its cooperation with international atomic regulators if the United Nations moved forward with comprehensive sanctions on Iran's nuclear program.
October 29, 2006
Re "How to handle Iran," Opinion, Oct. 25 Each week I read Max Boot's column with revulsion, but he has reached a peak, a zenith of immorality and violent inhumanity. He now suggests that the United States, the "beacon of light" and "shining city on a hill," support terrorism in Iran as a legitimate means of "hard-line" diplomacy. If Boot actually represents the thinking on the right, we have truly met the enemy, and he is us. PAUL MOSER Studio City The only rogue regime in the Middle East that has gone nuclear is Israel.
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