SUSPICIOUS

Iran Nuke Plant Sees Uranium Rise

Following two days of unproductive U.N. talks in Baghdad on Iran’s nuclear program, a U.N. nuclear watchdog agency reported Friday that inspectors found a surge in uranium levels at a nuclear plant in Iran. Enrichment levels were up 27 percent from 20 percent, the plant’s previous highest level, where uranium is usually used for research reactors but can also be used toward the 90 percent enrichment needed to build nuclear weapons. Iran argued that uranium levels “above the target value” can happen for “technical reasons beyond the operator’s control.” Talks over the country’s nuke program will resume on June 18.