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(VIENNA) — Iran's output of enriched uranium is stagnating, diplomats said Tuesday, suggesting the country may be running short the material needed for producing nuclear fuel or the fissile core of warheads.
The diplomats — who demanded anonymity because their information was confidential — emphasized that the possibility Iran was running out of uranium oxide was only one of several possible explanations of why it had not increased its production of enriched uranium since May.
(Read "Sanctions Unlikely to Stop Iran's Nuclear Quest.")
But they said it seemed unlikely the Islamic Republic had deliberately decided to curb its production. They noted that, despite the stagnation in output, Iran continued over the past three months to expand its capabilities by installing hundreds more of the centrifuges that spin uranium hexafluoride gas derived from uranium oxide into enriched uranium.