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Iran Removes Seals At Nuclear Plant

10 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Iran has removed the seals on equipment at its uranium-conversion facility in Isfahan, allowing the plant to return to full capacity.

Iranian Atomic Energy Agency deputy head Mohammad Saidi told journalists that the removal of the seals is taking place under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

IAEA spokeswoman Melissa Fleming confirmed that a safeguard system was in place at Iran's Isfahan nuclear facility. "I can confirm to you that the IAEA safeguards system is in place in Isfahan, that we have informed the Iranians that the system is in place, that we are able now to move from monitoring a frozen facility to conducting inspections on an activated facility," she said.

The controversial move comes after Iran rejected a European Union offer of economic and technology incentives if Tehran abandons plans to enrich uranium -- a process that could have military applications.

In Vienna, the IAEA today cancelled a formal meeting today on how to react to Iran's move. The cancellation will allow diplomats more time for discussions on what to do.

(compiled from agency reports)

Copyright (c) 2005. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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