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Iran Threatens to Resume Uranium Enrichment

Iran threatened on Wednesday to resume uranium enrichment, a process that could be used to make atomic bombs, if the U.N. nuclear agency passed a toughly-worded resolution rebuking Tehran for poor cooperation. The United States immediately accused Iran of trying to bully the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), meeting in Vienna, and said such tactics increased suspicions that Tehran was secretly making weapons. “The basic message that Iran is sending is that they have something to hide and they’re going to use any means they have, including intimidation, to keep things from coming to light,” said Kenneth Brill, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. in Vienna. “People who are trying to produce electricity for light bulbs don’t engage in this kind of behavior,” he said. In his toughest warning to the IAEA yet, Iranian President Mohammad Khatami decribed as “very bad” a resolution drafted by Britain, Germany and France that “deplores” Iran’s inadequate cooperation with the agency. Full Story

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