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Iran Says It Will Renew Nuclear Efforts

Iran made good on recent threats yesterday and announced that it will resume building equipment essential for a nuclear weapons program, despite its agreement with three major European powers. The decision does not violate international treaties that allow Tehran to make centrifuge parts for peaceful nuclear energy. But the move does break an agreement Iran signed with France, Britain and Germany, in which it promised to suspend nuclear efforts as a goodwill gesture toward earning trade incentives with the European Union. European officials and arms-control specialists called Iran’s move a major setback and a reflection of the difficulties faced by those working to check Iran’s nuclear ambitions as evidence mounts that the country is concealing information from international inspectors. John R. Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control, told Congress that Iran’s move is a “thumb in the eye of the international community.” Bolton said the United States is determined to take the matter soon to the U.N. Security Council. Full Story

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