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Iran sticking to nuclear freeze: UN watchdog

Published on Mar 21, 2014 2:20 AM

VIENNA (AFP) - Iran is still sticking to a partial nuclear freeze agreed in a November interim deal with world powers, the UN atomic watchdog said in a new monthly update seen by AFP on Thursday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said that two months into the six-month halt, Iran was still not enriching uranium to medium fissile purities, as agreed in November.

It was also continuing to dilute and convert its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium and had not made any advances at its Fordo and Natanz enrichment plants or at the Arak nuclear reactor, the IAEA said.

Enriched uranium can be used for peaceful atomic purposes but also, when highly purified, for a nuclear weapon. Iran, subject to tough UN and Western sanctions, denies wanting the bomb.

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