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Iran has failed to stop N-enrichment: IAEA

Iran has failed to comply with a UN deadline to halt uranium enrichment, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei has said.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 03:12 IST

Iran has failed to comply with a UN deadline to halt uranium enrichment, UN nuclear chief Mohamed ElBaradei said in a crunch report on Friday that opens the door to possible international sanctions.

The report said the IAEA had taken samples on April 13 at Iran's enrichment facility in Natanz "which tend to confirm as of that date the enrichment level (of 3.6 per cent) declared by Iran."

It said that during March, Iran completed a 164-machine cascade, referring to centrifuges arranged in series in order to enrich uranium, and that another two similar cascades were under construction at Natanz.

The confidential report was also circulated to UN Security Council members in New York.

In a first reaction, US President George W Bush said he wanted to resolve the dispute "diplomatically and peacefully," while British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said London would ask the Security Council to raise the pressure on Iran.

The world body had set Iran a non-binding, 30-day deadline -- running out on Friday -- to comply with demands to halt enrichment, which makes the fuel for civilian nuclear reactors, but which can also be the explosive core of atom bombs.

But Iran has strongly rejected suspending enrichment, hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowing on Thursday that his nation "will not bow to injustice and pressure."