TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency has reportedly stripped most of its surveillance equipment from Iranian nuclear sites.
Diplomatic sources say the move was part of retaliatory measures
announced by Iran.
It means the International Atomic Energy Agency is left with only the most basic means to monitor Iran's nuclear activities.
In Iran, thousands rallied across the nation Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and show support for Iran's nuclear rights.
In a speech before tens of thousands, President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad issued a veiled threat to walk away from the IAEA and the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty.
Tensions between Iran and the international community escalated
last month after Iran removed U-N seals and began nuclear research,
including small-scale uranium enrichment.
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