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1 | Iran

Tehran's Tough Talk

Bristling at a censure issued by the International Atomic Energy Agency over its failure to comply with weapons inspectors, Iran vowed to significantly expand its controversial nuclear program by constructing 10 large facilities capable of generating 20,000 MW of electricity and 250 to 300 tons of nuclear fuel annually. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also stirred up concerns by declaring that Iran would move to enrich uranium to a far higher level of purity than it does now. Experts mostly dismissed the expansion plan as bluster, arguing that Iran lacks the industrial infrastructure to meet its ambitious...

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