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Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Begins Small Scale Uranium Enrichment While Russia and France Oppose

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The deputy secretary of the Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Javad Vaeidi, a senior nuclear negotiator, delivers his speech to students in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2006. Vaeidi told reporters that enrichment of uranium resumed last week at Iran’s main enrichment plant in Natanz. The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency is seen behind him, though it is not involved in this meeting.

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Iran has resumed small-scale enrichment of uranium, a senior nuclear negotiator said Tuesday, showing the country was determined to proceed with its atomic development despite international moves to restrict it.

The world has long sought to stop Iran from enriching uranium, fearing that the process would bring it to the threshold of possessing nuclear bombs. Russia and France immediately called on Iran to halt its work and fulfill the demands of the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, according to a joint statement posted on the Kremlin’s Web site.

Iran’s Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, 410 kilometers, 255 miles, south of capital Tehran, Iran, March 30, 2005. The conversion facility in Isfahan reprocesses uranium ore concentrate, known as yellowcake, into uranium hexaflouride gas. The gas is then taken to another site at Natanz and fed into the centrifuges for enrichment.

More bloviating from Russia and France. They MAY vote for economic sanctions against Iran when these issues come before the United Nations Security Council but cannot be counted upon for more.

In their joint statement, Russia and Iran recognized Iran’s legitimate right to pursue a peaceful nuclear program for energy. However, they called on Iran to “fully comply with the February resolution and the demands of the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, including on uranium enrichment.”

The ball continues in the Mullah’s court.

Iran must STAND DOWN or suffer the consequences.

Iran WILL NOT develop or possess nuclear weapons.

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The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.


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