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UK regrets Iran resuming production of uranium centrifuge parts

London, June 25, IRNA -- The British government Friday expressed its regret at Iran's decision to resume production of uranium centrifuge parts.

"We regret the Iranian decision for which we do not see the reason and we are talking with our EU partners, France and Germany in particular, how to take this forward," a Foreign Office spokesman told IRNA.

On Thursday, US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security John Bolton said that Iran had announced it would resume production of uranium centrifuge parts and had informed the UK, France and Germany.

The British Foreign Office spokesman was unspecific about Iran's decision, but said that it appeared to be a suspension of last October's Tehran Declaration, in which Iran agreed to temporarily suspend the enrichment of uranium in return for EU assistance.

Bolton said that although Iran had not resumed actual uranium enrichment, the production of centrifuge parts violates last year's agreement reached with the UK, France and Germany.

Neither the production of centrifuge parts nor the enrichment of uranium is outlawed by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but the temporary suspension was seen as an act of goodwill by Iran in return for promised EU cooperation on its nuclear program.

As a further sign of cooperation, Iran also signed additional NPT protocols allowing more intrusive inspections by the IAEA, but after eight months neither concessions have led to the easing of the US- led allegations about Iran's nuclear program.

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