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Iran uranium enrichment nears critical level: IAEA chief

Rafael Grossi says more robust inspections needed as US tries diplomacy

Rafael Grossi, the International Atomic Energy Agency's director-general, speaks to Nikkei at IAEA headquarters in Vienna on March 12. (Photo by Markus Igel)

VIENNA -- The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency seeks to restart broader inspections of nuclear facilities in Iran as the country enriches uranium to levels that would let it create weapons.

The production of uranium at higher levels of enrichment "brings Iran closer to levels for which the development of military uses could not be excluded," IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi told Nikkei in an interview Friday.

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