Friday, October 27, 2006

Iran 'steps up nuclear programme'


Iran says it has taken another step in its uranium enrichment programme, in defiance of international pressure.
It has activated a second set of centrifuges - the machines used to enrich uranium - the semi-official Isna agency has reported.

A BBC correspondent says Iran would need tens of thousands of centrifuges to make industrial-scale nuclear fuel.

The UN Security Council is to debate sanctions after Iran failed to meet an August deadline to stop enrichment.

Iran has not convinced the US and other Western states that its enrichment work is only aimed at generating electricity, and not acquiring nuclear weapons.

There is no doubt that the use of the second cascade of centrifuges will be seen as an act of defiance by the international community at what is a sensitive time, the BBC's Frances Harrison reports from Tehran. ..........

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