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Iran significantly slows down expansion of nuclear facilities: IAEA
 • IAEA: Iran suspended expansion of nuclear program by halting installation of advanced centrifuges. • Iran also halted the IR-40 Reactors major components installation. • Negotiations between Iran and six states are scheduled to resume next week.
 
VIENNA, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- Iran has significantly slowed down the expansion of its uranium enrichment capacity in the past three months, a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showed on Thursday.
The quarterly report by the IAEA shows that Tehran suspended the expansion of the nuclear programme by halting installation of advanced centrifuges, which could sharply increase the capacity of uranium enrichment, a main concern of the west that Tehran is headed to make a nuclear bomb by producing large amount of uranium.
The UN nuclear agency and Iran made an agreement in Tehran to promote the cooperation and inspection to resolve the outstanding issues in Irans nuclear programme.
Iran also halted the IR-40 Reactors major components installation, according to the report, the IR-40 Reactor, a heavy water reactor, which could produce plutonium to make a nuclear warhead, is also western states concern.
No additional major components have been installed at IR-40 reactor. The report noted.
Irans stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium had risen by about five percent to 196 kg since previous report in August.
Experts said the red line for making a nuclear bomb is about 240 kg of 20 percent enriched uranium, which Iran had not broken.
Negotiations between Iran and six states - the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China - are scheduled to resume next week, while the talk between Iran and IAEA will start in next month, the two diplomatic tracks tries to resolve the complicated issue, but until now, no comprehensive agreement has been made.
The western states have long suspected Iran is developing nuclear weapons under cover of its civilian atomic plan, which Tehran denies.
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Israeli PM dismisses IAEA report on Iran
JERUSALEM, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday dismissed a report released by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which indicated that Iran had significantly slowed down its efforts to reach nuclear capabilities.
Speaking at a convention for American Jewish youth in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said he was not impressed by the report which charged that the rate of uranium enrichment at the nuclear facility in Natenz had dropped significantly in the past three months, under the regime of the recently-elected Hassan Rouhani.   Full story
No need to add new sanctions on Iran, Obama tells Congress
WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- There is no need for Congress to add new sanctions on Iran if the United States is serious about pursuing diplomatic solution to Tehrans disputed nuclear program, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday.
My message to Congress has been that lets see if this short- term, phase-one deal can be completed to our satisfaction, Obama said at a press conference.   Full story
U.S. top diplomat urges Congress to go slow on sanctions against Iran
WASHINGTON, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked lawmakers not to impose tougher sanctions on Iran on Wednesday, fearing they could jeopardize the ongoing diplomatic efforts to halt Irans nuclear activities.
The risk is that if Congress were to unilaterally move to raise sanctions, it could break faith with those negotiations and actually stop them and break them apart, Kerry told reporters before briefing U.S. senators on the issue.    Full story

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