Iran says it plans to produce more low-enriched uranium

Iran plans to increase its production of uranium enriched at a low level, its official news agency reported Thursday.

IRNA quoted Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's nuclear department, as saying machines which were earlier producing 20 percent enriched uranium will be engaged in producing low-level enriched uranium.

"Hence, the production of five percent enriched uranium will increase," Salehi was quoted as saying.

Iran's nuclear facilities will continue their work, Salehi said, and "only production of 20 percent enriched uranium will halt."

Last weekend Iran agreed to freeze part of its nuclear activities in exchange for an easing of sanctions place on the country by world powers.

The West suspects Iran's nuclear activities have a military dimension. Iran denies the charge.