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Iran to lift nuclear seals 'imminently'

Tthe country's main uranium enrichment plant in Natanz had been under the supervision of the IAEA.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 19:47 IST

A semi-official Iranian news agency announced on Monday the "imminent" removal of the seals and cameras from the country's main uranium enrichment plant in Natanz that had been under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Today or tomorrow, 12 inspectors from the IAEA... will lift the seals on the factory in Natanz and some of the conversion installations in Isfahan to permit the resumption of their activities," a "well-informed source" told the Fars news agency.

"Finally, they are going to remove the surveillance cameras that had been installed in Natanz and Isfahan."

Diplomats in Vienna earlier said that Iran had already resumed work at Natanz, putting uranium feedstock gas into centrifuges, the first step in manufacturing what can be either nuclear reactor fuel or material for an atom bomb.

First Published: Feb 13, 2006 19:47 IST