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Iran to inform IAEA of resumption of enrichment

"We will give the letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Saturday," said an official, who asked not to be named.

india Updated: Feb 04, 2006 21:34 IST

Iran will officially inform the UN's atomic watchdog on Saturday of its decision to restart enrichment work and limit inspections in response to being reported to the UN Security Council, a senior Iranian official said.

"We will give the letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency on Saturday," said the official, who asked not to be named.

"We will inform them of the resumption of enrichment and the halt in the application of the additional protocol," he said.

The additional protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, signed by Iran's former pro-reform government but never ratified by the hardline Parliament, provides the IAEA with stronger inspection powers.

Large-scale enrichment is an ultra-sensitive process to make reactor fuel which can also be extended to make the fissile core of a nuclear weapon.

First Published: Feb 04, 2006 21:34 IST