This photo shows the IAEA official Cornel Feruta (centre) attends a meeting in Tehran. AFP
Iran has begun installing more advanced centrifuges and is moving towards producing enriched uranium with them even though that is forbidden under its nuclear deal with major powers, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Monday.
"All of the installed centrifuges had been prepared for testing with UF6," though none of them were being tested with UF6 on Sept. 7 and 8, an IAEA spokesman said in a statement, referring to the uranium hexafluoride feedstock for centrifuges.
Antonio Guterres gave the dire warning at the opening of the long-delayed high-level meeting to review the landmark 50-year-old treaty aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and eventually achieving a nuclear-free world.
"It is inappropriate to lift restrictions on the supply of weapons from and to Iran until Iran gives up its destabilising activities in the region and stops supplying terrorist and sectarian organisations with weapons," a statement from GCC Secretary General Nayef Falah Mubarak Al Hajraf said.
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Rafael Grossi travelled to Iran on Saturday for talks, days after the IAEA criticised Tehran for a lack of cooperation. He met the chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Eslami, on Sunday.
Enrichment to 60% purity is one short, technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%. Nonproliferation experts have warned in recent months that Iran now has enough 60%-enriched uranium to reprocess into fuel for at least one nuclear bomb.
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