International sanctions designed to punish Iran for its nuclear program may be counter-productive, said scientists and security analysts tracking the decade-long dispute over the Persian Gulf nation’s atomic work.
Iran told United Nations monitors it’s installing new centrifuges at its Natanz facility that can enrich more uranium in less time, according to a restricted IAEA document circulated to members yesterday.
Iran said it has 17 kilograms of 20 percent-enriched uranium, more than triple the amount United Nations nuclear inspectors found there in April and about 10 percent of what scientists say is needed to begin making a bomb.
Iran’s signal of willingness to compromise over the most contentious part of its nuclear program failed to convince the European Union to reconsider a pending embargo on oil shipments from the Persian Gulf country.
Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and a proposal to transfer atomic-reactor fuel to Iran top the agenda as U.S. and European diplomats meet for a second day in Geneva with their Iranian counterparts.