Diplomats: Inspectors Found Traces of High Enriched Uranium in Iran
Diplomats say international inspectors have found new traces of highly enriched uranium in Iran that could indicate Tehran is secretly seeking material for nuclear weapons. News agencies quote the diplomats, speaking anonymously, as saying the U.N. atomic energy agency took samples from equipment used at a former research center in Iran. The agency wrote, in a report to the U.N. in April, that the swabs taken from vacuum pumps used at the site turned up the traces. Highly enriched uranium is required for nuclear weapons.
The sources said there could be other explanations, including contamination of equipment bought from abroad, but Iranian officials had not reported nuclear enrichment activity at the site.