Iran has installed about 1,000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and is set to test them, a UN nuclear report showed, a development likely to worry Western powers hoping for a change of course under the country's new president.
Iran is ready to sharply expand its uranium enrichment in an underground plant after installing all the centrifuges it was built for, a UN report said, a move likely to increase Western alarm about Tehran's nuclear course.
Major powers want Iran to come to nuclear talks ready to take steps to curb its enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent purity, a level that brings it closer to developing bomb grade material, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.
The Stuxnet computer worm caused relatively limited damage to Iran's nuclear programme and failed to stop the Islamic republic stockpiling enriched uranium, a US-based think-tank said in a report.
Stuxnet is believed to have knocked out in
Iran has enriched 17kg of uranium to 20 per cent purity, a top official said, underscoring Tehran's determination to push ahead with its nuclear programme despite new international sanctions.
Iran's enrichment activities are at the