Iran worried over delay in Chinese nuclear reactor redesign
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Tehran says that China has slowed down working on its redesign of a heavy water reactor in Iran, following the U.S. withdrawal from Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers.
Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of Iran's nuclear program said Sunday that the Islamic Republic has begun "preliminary activities for designing" a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signaling new danger for the nuclear deal.
Restarting enrichment at that level would mean Iran had withdrawn the 2015 nuclear deal it struck with world powers, an accord that President Donald Trump already pulled America out of in May.
EU, Iran commit to uphold nuclear pact despite Trump
BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and Iran are affirming their support for the international nuclear deal and say they aim to keep it alive despite U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the landmark pact.
Ahead of EU-Iran talks on civil nuclear cooperation in Brussels Monday, EU Energy Commissioner Arias Canete said the deal is "crucial for the security of Europe, of the region and the entire world."
Israeli minister: Iran could face military answer to nukes
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Cabinet minister says if Iran chooses to continue pursuing a nuclear program it will face a "military" answer.
Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz was responding Wednesday to the Iranian nuclear chief's warning that the Islamic Republic's program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium.
AP Interview: Iran nuclear chief hopes deal will survive
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday he hopes Tehran's landmark atomic deal with world powers will survive President Donald Trump withdrawing the U.S. from it, warning the Islamic Republic's program stands ready to build advanced centrifuges and further enrich uranium.
Iran: Britain will help redesign reactor after US pullout
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says Britain has stepped in to help it redesign a reactor following the U.S. withdrawal from Tehran's nuclear agreement with world powers.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran continues to acquire uranium and is close to finishing a factory where it can build more centrifuges to enrich it, the country's nuclear chief said Wednesday, adding also that uranium stockpiles have nearly doubled in the last few years.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief on Wednesday inaugurated the Islamic Republic's new nuclear enrichment facility that is geared toward producing centrifuges which will operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers.
Iranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi after nightfall, showcasing the facility at Natanz's uranium enrichment center.
Iranian nuclear chief warns US: Don’t undermine nuclear deal
ROME (AP) — The head of Iran's nuclear agency warned the United States on Tuesday against undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, saying international nonproliferation efforts as well as Washington's international standing would suffer as a result.
Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi told an international conference on enhancing nuclear safety that Washington's recent "delusionary negative postures do not augur well" for keeping the deal intact.
Trump: Fate of Iran nuclear deal hangs on tough UN policing
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump warned Monday that Washington will walk away from a nuclear deal it agreed to with Iran and five other nations if it deems that the International Atomic Energy Agency is not tough enough in monitoring it.
Iran, however, said the greatest threat to the nuclear agreement is U.S. hostility.
The warning from Trump came in a message to the U.N. agency's annual meeting, being held in Vienna, that was read by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
Czechs refuse to lift ban on nuclear supplies for Iran
PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Parliament's lower house has rejected a government proposal to annul a 2000 law that bans Czech companies from supplying equipment for Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
The proposal rejected Friday took into account a 2015 deal that saw international sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for the country curbing its nuclear activities.
Iran has one operational nuclear plant in the southern port city of Bushehr. It is planning to build more reactors there.
Iran says only 5 days needed to ramp up uranium enrichment
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's atomic chief said Tuesday the Islamic Republic needs only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could quickly be further enriched for use in a nuclear weapon.
The comments by Ali Akbar Salehi to Iranian state television come as U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly has threatened to renegotiate or walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran says shipment will boost its supply of uranium
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief says it will have 60 percent more stockpiled uranium than it did prior to the landmark 2015 agreement with world powers after a shipment expected later this week.
Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency on Sunday as saying that Iran will receive a final batch of 149 tons of natural uranium by Tuesday, in addition to 210 tons already delivered since early 2016.
Iran, angered by US sanctions bill, considers atomic boats
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president on Tuesday ordered officials to draw up plans to build nuclear-powered ships and to show how the United States violated last year's nuclear deal, a response to a vote by the U.S. Congress to extend some sanctions on the country.
The move by President Hassan Rouhani came in response to the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act, and was widely seen as posturing that would not affect the landmark nuclear deal concluded with world powers.
Iran says UN atomic agency chief to visit Tehran again
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear official says the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will visit Iran later this month.
Ali Akbar Salehi told state TV on Tuesday that Yukiya Amano of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed interest in visiting Iran before the end of current year and that "we welcomed it."
Iran: US threatens nuclear deal, warns of ‘strong reaction’
VIENNA (AP) — Iran's nuclear chief warned the United States on Monday of a "firm and strong reaction" if it persists in actions he says are endangering a nuclear deal aimed at curbing programs that Tehran could use to make atomic arms.
Ali Akbar Salehi was alluding to a bill before President Barack Obama that would extend U.S. sanctions under the Iran Sanctions Act l by 10 years. The bill was submitted to Obama after the U.S. Senate voted to extend it last week.
Iran says it has transferred 11 tons of heavy water to Oman
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it has transferred 11 tons of heavy water, which can be used in the production of nuclear arms, to Oman.
The head of Iran's nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, was quoted by official media Tuesday as saying that the heavy water, which is used to cool reactors that produce plutonium, was transferred to the Arab country. Oman often serves as a mediator between Iran and the West.
Iran says some sanctions under nuclear deal still in place
VIENNA (AP) — Indirectly warning the United States, the head of Iran's atomic energy agency said Monday that his country's landmark nuclear deal with could be jeopardized by foot-dragging on sanctions relief, promised in exchange for Tehran's commitment to curb key atomic activities. But a senior U.S. official said Washington is delivering on its commitments.
NEW YORK (AP) — Iran is hoping to join an international project in southern France that hopes to build the first machine to generate significant amounts of energy using nuclear fusion, which is considered a clean, safe and virtually limitless form of nuclear power.
Laban Coblentz, spokesman for the ITER project, said a high-level Iranian delegation led by nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi and Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari visited St. Paul Lez...