Nuclear Watchdog Reports No Progress in Iran as Uranium Stock Grows

VIENNA, Sept 4 (Reuters) – The U.N. nuclear watchdog on Monday reported no progress in talks with Iran on sensitive issues such as reinstalling surveillance cameras and explaining uranium traces at undeclared sites, according to two quarterly reports seen by Reuters.

At the same time, Iran’s stock of uranium enriched to up to 60% purity, close to weapons grade, continued to grow compared with the previous quarter albeit at a slower pace, despite some of the material having been diluted, one of the confidential reports to member states showed.

The rate of production has slowed to around 3 kg a month from a previous rate of around 9 kg a month, a senior diplomat said on Monday.

He was speaking soon after a confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report to member states seen by Reuters showed Iran’s stock of uranium enriched to that level had still grown compared to the last report three months ago.

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(Reporting by Francois Murphy;Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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