Cheney: Iran seeks weapons-grade uranium enrichment|
Tue Mar 25, 10:02 AM ET
Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday said Iran was developing a uranium
enrichment program for military purposes.
"Obviously, they're ... heavily involved in trying to develop nuclear weapons
enrichment, the enrichment of uranium to weapons grade levels," Cheney said in
an interview with ABC television transcribed by the White House.
Cheney, however, did not mention on what he based his accusation.
The United States and its European allies have led efforts to pressure Iran
into freezing its disputed uranium enrichment work, a process that can be used
both to make nuclear fuel and the core of an atomic bomb.
Tehran insists its program is peaceful.
The UN Security Council recently imposed a third set of sanctions against
Iran over its refusal to halt its nuclear activities.
Washington has stepped up pressure to halt Tehran's uranium enrichment
program ever since a US intelligence report in December said Iran did have, in
effect, a covert nuclear weapons program but that it was stopped in 2003.
The report, which the White House interpreted as confirming its suspicions
about Iran's secret ambition, increased skepticism over Washington's warnings
that began after the Iraq war did not yield the weapons of mass destruction the
US had predicted.
Original article: Yahoo - AFP
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