UN steps up inspections of Iran's nuclear sites- news agency
( RIA Novosti ) - The UN nuclear watchdog has stepped up inspections of nuclear sites in Iran, suspected of pursuing weapons under the guise of a civilian energy program, the Islamic Republic's Fars news agency reported Tuesday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to report to the UN Security Council Wednesday on whether Iran has complied with a 60-day deadline to stop uranium enrichment or face new sanctions.
IAEA experts have been checking Iran's nuclear facilities every ten days recently instead of the previous monthly checks, the agency said, adding two UN inspectors visited a uranium enrichment plant in Natanz, central Iran, and a uranium ore conversion center in Isfahan Tuesday.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said April 9 Iran had mastered industrial-scale production of nuclear fuel giving up a research-level program. Recent reports said Tehran was already running 1,600 uranium enrichment centrifuges in the Natanz underground complex.