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Iran halts most sensitive uranium enrichment
« on: January 20, 2014, 02:29:59 PM »

In the presence of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran’s scientists stopped enriching uranium to the 20 per cent purity that is one jump away from weapons grade. The IAEA confirmed that centrifuges being used for this purpose were shut down at the enrichment plants in Natanz and Fordow.

This fulfills the first stage of the Geneva agreement, which aims to freeze Iran’s nuclear programme for six months, starting from Monday, in order to allow time for a final settlement. After agreeing to relax EU sanctions, William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, hailed a "milestone" and said the EU was "fulfilling its side of the agreement".

But outside experts and western officials are pessimistic about the chances of a final resolution of the dispute over Iran's nuclear ambitions.

“I think it will be very difficult to reach a comprehensive deal because of


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