IAEA chief meets Mottaki, urges ‘accelerated’ dialogue process; Ahmadinejad asks his atomic energy agency to start production of higher enriched uranium
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  • IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano held talks with Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki at the sidelines of the Munich security conference and discussed the nuclear fuel swap plan, among other issues. Amano was in favour of an ‘accelerated’ dialogue process with Tehran on the issue.1

    In a move likely to increase international concerns, President Ahmadinejad asked his country’s atomic agency to start the production of higher enriched uranium. He also indicated that his country had “no problem” in exporting low-enriched uranium for higher enrichment abroad. US Defense Secretary Robert Gates meanwhile urged the international community to come together to bring greater pressure on Iran to force it to abandon its nuclear program.2