Monday, August 15, 2005

IAEA allows Iran to remove nuclear seals

The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog has given Iran permission to remove seals at its Isfahan Uranium Conversion facility, Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, said on Wednesday.

"Some minutes ago we received a letter from the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), authorising Iran to remove the seals at Isfahan plant," Saeedi told Reuters by telephone.

"Two hours ago the installation of surveillance cameras finished. The IAEA inspectors will oversee the removal of seals," he said.

Iran began resuming activities at Isfahan on Monday, boosting fears that it may be pursuing atomic arms.

EU officials have warned that it could be referred to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action which could include sanctions and Britain, France and Germany are trying to persuade other members of the IAEA board to warn Tehran to stop the work.

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