International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano talks to the media as he arrives at Vienna's airport August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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Iran has conducted "mechanical" tests on a new, advanced machine to refine uranium, a senior official was quoted as saying Wednesday, a disclosure that may annoy Western states pushing Tehran to scale back its nuclear program.Iran's Fars news agency also quoted him as saying that Iran had tested its latest generation of centrifuge, the IR-8, but had not yet fed it with uranium gas.An interim accord struck late last year in Geneva between Iran and six world powers stipulated that Iran could not go beyond the centrifuge research and development it has been conducting at the Natanz site, including testing of new models.Although Iran's progress so far seems limited, it is an issue that Western states will want to see addressed as part of any final settlement over Iran's nuclear program.
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