News

Iran's Nuclear Chief: 20 Enrichment Sites Needed

Announcement comes amid diplomatic posturing as negotiations between Tehran and the West remain stalled

Iran's nuclear chief says  that Tehran will build 20 new nuclear enrichment plants the size of its facility at Natanz, amid more diplomatic posturing as negotiations between Tehran and the West remain stalled.

Atomic Energy head Ali Akbar Salehi told Iran's Press TV that Tehran needs 20 more uranium enrichment facilities in order to produce enough fuel for its nuclear power plants.

Both Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamidinejad and parliament speaker Ali Larijani have made harsh statements about nuclear talks and relations with the West.

Larijani said Friday that Iran's nuclear program has only civilian purposes, and accused the West of trying to deceive Tehran. He said that the International Atomic Energy Agency knows that the Tehran power plant is just a research facility…..to produce radioactive isotopes for medical purposes. So why, he asks, are they making such a fuss about Iran's (nuclear program)? The answer, he says, is that they want to deceive us and force us to take what they offer.

Mehrdad Khonsari of the London-based Center for Arab and Iranian Studies says that much of what is being said in the media is just rhetoric and that negotiations between Iran and the West have continued. "There is an underlying scenario: that is the fact that time is running out for the diplomatic option, and if we go by what President Obama has said, we are talking potentially to the end of this year. So, there is a lot of behind the scenes activity going on in terms of not allowing this period to elapse before some kind of positive development takes place, irrespective of all this rhetoric, which is no more than rhetoric. It's like the case of the man who wants to develop 20 refineries in order to have enough gas for the car he does not own," he said.

Meanwhile, the head of Iran's national security council, Saeed Jalili, is visiting Turkey Saturday, for wide-ranging discussions. Analysts say that Turkey could play intermediary in an eventual nuclear deal between Tehran and the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency.

Iran continues to balk at the conditions of a draft nuclear deal with the West, which would see the exchange of about 70 percent of Tehran's stockpile of low-grade uranium for more highly enriched uranium from France or Russia.
 

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugeesi
X
Carolyn Weaver
July 06, 2015 6:47 PM
In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Making Music, Fleeing Bombs: New Film on Sudan’s Internal Refugees

In 2012, Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka went to make a documentary among civil war refugees in Sudan’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains region. What he found surprised him: music was helping to save people from bombing raids by their own government. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more.
Video

Video Rice Farmers Frustrated As Drought Grips Thailand

A severe drought in Thailand is limiting the growing season of the country’s important rice crop. Farmers are blaming the government for not doing more to protect a key export. Steve Sandford reports from Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Video

Video 'From This Day Forward' Reveals Difficult Journey of Transgender Parent

In her documentary, "From This Day Forward", filmmaker Sharon Shattuck reveals the personal journey of her transgender father, as he told his family that he always felt he was a woman inside and decided to live as one. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Floodwaters Threaten Iconic American Home

The Farnsworth House in the Midwest State of Illinois is one of the most iconic homes in America. Thousands of tourists visit the site every year. Its location near a river inspired the design of the house, but, as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, that very location is now threatening the existence of this National Historic Landmark.
Video

Video Olympics Construction Scars Sacred Korean Mountain

Environmentalists in South Korea are protesting a Winter Olympics construction project to build a ski slope through a 500-year-old protected forest. Brian Padden reports that although there is strong national support for hosting the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, there are growing public concerns over the costs and possible ecological damage at the revered mountain.
Video

Video Xenophobia Victims in South Africa Flee Violence, Then Return

Many Malawians fled South Africa early this year after xenophobic attacks on African immigrants. But many quickly found life was no better at home and have returned to South Africa – often illegally and without jobs, and facing the tough task of having to start over. Lameck Masina and Anita Powell file from Johannesburg.
Video

Video Family of American Marine Calls for Release From Iranian Prison

As the crowd of journalists covering the Iran talks swells, so too do the opportunities for media coverage.  Hoping to catch the attention of high-level diplomats, the family of American-Iranian marine Amir Hekmati is in Vienna, pleading for his release from an Iranian prison after nearly 4 years.  VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Vienna.
Video

Video UK Holds Terror Drill as MPs Mull Tunisia Response

After pledging a tough response to last Friday’s terror attack in Tunisia, which came just days before the 10th anniversary of the bomb attacks on London’s transport network, British security services are shifting their focus to overseas counter-terror operations. VOA's Henry Ridgwell has more.
Video

Video Obama on Cuba: This is What Change Looks Like

President Barack Obama says the United States will soon reopen its embassy in Cuba for the first time since 1961, ending a half-century of isolation. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Hate Groups Spread Influence Via Internet

Hate groups of various kinds are using the Internet for propaganda and recruitment, and a Jewish human rights organization that monitors these groups, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, says their influence is growing. The messages are different, but the calls to hatred or violence are similar. VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports.
Video

Video Blind Somali Journalist Defies Odds in Mogadishu

Despite improving security in the last few years, Somalia remains one of the most dangerous countries to be a journalist – even more so for someone who cannot see. Abdulaziz Billow has the story of journalist Abdifatah Hassan Kalgacal, who has been reporting from the Somali capital for the last decade despite being blind.
Video

Video Rabbi Hits Road to Heal Jewish-Muslim Relations in France

France is on high alert after last week's terrorist attack near the city Lyon, just six months after deadly Paris shootings. The attack have added new tensions to relations between French Jews and Muslims. France’s Jewish and Muslim communities also share a common heritage, though, and as far as one French rabbi is concerned, they are destined to be friends. From the Paris suburb of La Courneuve, Lisa Bryant reports about Rabbi Michel Serfaty and his friendship bus.

VOA Blogs