‘Iran halts uranium enrichment for now’

Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme is at the core of its dispute with world powers.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Tehran | Published:October 25, 2013 2:09 am

Iran has temporarily halted its production of enriched uranium to 20 per cent purity as it has sufficient stocks to fuel its Tehran research reactor,a lawmaker was quoted Thursday as saying.

“There is no production at all… as right now there is no need for the production of 20 per cent (enriched) uranium,” the parliament website reported conservative MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini as saying.

Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme is at the core of its dispute with world powers,who suspect it masks a drive for atomic weapons.

Enriching uranium to 20 per cent purity is a few technical steps short of producing weapons-grade fissile material.

There was no immediate comment on the report from the government or the country’s atomic organisation.

The Vienna-based agency said it was aware of the report but had no comment on it. “We’re aware of this report but I’m afraid we’re not commenting right now,” IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor said.

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