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Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:51 am | Updated: 10:29 am, Fri Aug 16, 2013.

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N.'s atomic agency says Iran is moving ahead to update a program the West fears could be used to make nuclear weapons.

An International Atomic Energy Agency report says Tehran has installed close to 700 high-tech centrifuges in an upgrade of its uranium enrichment program since the start of the year.

That represents an increase of about 100 since mid-April, when diplomats told The Associated Press that Iran was rapidly installing the equipment.

Tehran says it is enriching uranium only for peaceful uses. But the U.S. and its allies fear it may enrich to levels used for nuclear bombs.

The confidential report was issued Wednesday to the Security Council and the IAEA's 35 nation board. It was obtained by The Associated Press.

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