Iran halts nuclear restart temporarily

Iran halts nuclear restart temporarily

[JURIST] After originally allowing a two-day delay for inspections [JURIST report], Iran has now announced that it will push back its plans to resume uranium enrichment until "early next week" to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website] to install surveillence equipment. The UN had requested that Iran not resume uranium conversion until a UN agency could set up a monitoring system. The US has accused Iran of trying to produce nuclear weapons, but Iran insists their program is for energy only. On Wednesday, President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad countered that it is the US that holds the nuclear arsenal, and called for the US and other world powers to disarm. European leaders are hoping to resolve the situation with ongoing negotiations. AP has more.