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Iran Determined to Produce Nuclear Fuel


The head of Iran's nuclear agency says his country will resume enrichment activities, but not during nuclear talks with the international community.

Gholamreza Aghazadeh told reporters in Tehran Saturday that he has no doubt Iran will carry out nuclear fuel production some day. He added that the government has approved funds to build a 360-megawatt nuclear power plant. But he said it will take seven years to complete the facility in the town of Darkhoein in southern Khuzestan province.

Meanwhile, in Vienna, the U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gregory Schulte, told the Associated Press the announcement by Tehran underscores that Iran is today's greatest threat to efforts aimed at stopping the spread of nuclear weapons.

The United States accuses Iran of secretly pursuing nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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