Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Middle East Nuclear News

Iran Celebrates Uranium Enrichment
12 April 2006

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE (TEHRAN) - Iran's announcement that it has "joined the club of nuclear countries" by successfully enriching a small amount of uranium may have more political than technical importance, U.S. nuclear experts said Tuesday, but it signifies that the country has not wavered in its determination to defy the international community and develop a nuclear capability.

"Iran is still not any closer to a weapons capability with this," said Jon Wolfsthal, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and a former nuclear inspector in North Korea. "But this does reaffirm they are serious about pursuing the technology. They aren't going backwards." Source: (Reliability: 8)

Pictured above: Artists perform while holding aloft purported samples of enriched uranium after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech in Mashhad, Iran. (REUTERS PHOTO)


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