June 12, 2010
Iran will unveil a new advance in its nuclear programme in the coming months, the head of its Atomic Energy Organisation was quoted as saying today, in comments that showed defiance in the face of new UN sanctions.
”In the next few months Iran will announce a new nuclear achievement in connection to the production of fuel for its Tehran research reactor,” Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying in the Resalat daily. He gave no details.
The last major advance Iran announced was in February, when it said it had started refining uranium to 20 per cent purity – saying it wanted to produce fuel for the Tehran reactor, which makes isotopes for treating cancer.
That increased Western concerns as it meant Iran was now refining uranium closer to the level needed for nuclear weapons, adding to the momentum behind a fourth round of sanctions passed by the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday.
This article was posted: Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 4:33 am