Iran Joins the Nuclear Club, Moves Toward Large-Scale Enrichment
Tehran successfully enriched uranium for the first time on Tuesday, and signaled its intention to expand the program rapidly.
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TEHRAN, Iran – Iran intends to move toward large-scale uranium enrichment involving 54,000 centrifuges, the country’s deputy nuclear chief said Wednesday, signaling its resolve to expand a program the international community has insisted it halt.
Iran’s president announced Tuesday the country had succeeded in enriching uranium on a small scale for the first time, using 164 centrifuges. The U.N. Security Council has demanded that Iran stop all enrichment activity because of suspicions the program’s aim is to make nuclear weapons.
“We will expand uranium enrichment to industrial scale at Natanz,” Deputy Nuclear Chief Mohammad Saeedi told state-run television Wednesday.
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