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Iran began enriching uranium

April 12 2006

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Tehran began enriching uranium.

"I formally declare that Iran has become one of the states possessing nuclear technology. This is the result of resistance of the Iranian nation," - Ahmadinejad said in a live Iranian TV.

"Based on international standards, we will continue until we reach the volume of industrial concentration," - said the president.

He added that the West must respect Iran's right to peaceful atomic technology.

The administration of U.S. President after vystuleniya Iranian president said that Iran was "moving in the wrong direction."

Head of the International Committee of the Russian Duma Konstantin Kosachev meanwhile said that the new Iranian move is demonstrative refusal to comply with UN Security Council, and can lead to serious consequences.

Russia offered to Iran to establish joint venture to enrich Iran on Russian territory. However, a positive response to his initiative the Kremlin had not received.

Iran is enriching uranium to the 164 centrifuges.

However, it is unclear whether these data really: they have yet to confirm the IAEA inspectors, which is investigating Iran's nuclear facilities, reports the BBC.

Experts report that the enriched uranium, which can now be done in Iran, is suitable only for fuel.

At the same time to develop nuclear weapons Iran would need thousands of centrifuges capable of producing highly enriched uranium.
Therefore, according to experts, to the point where Iran could produce nuclear weapons, has yet to take a few years.

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