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Iran To Announce Nuclear 'Breakthrough'

Iran - enriching uranium and enraging the world.
by Staff Writers
Tehran (AFP) Aug 23, 2006
Iran will soon announce an atomic breakthrough, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported Wednesday, a day after the country responded to an offer aimed at resolving a nuclear standoff. "This great scientific achievement is the fruit of a long-term research project ... It will be formally announced by a top official," Mehr quoted an informed source as saying.

"The announcement will highlight Iran's mastery of different areas in nuclear science and will reinforce Iran's position as a nuclear country," the report said.

Amid a fanfare of publicity, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in April that Iran had successfully enriched uranium to 3.5 percent and mastered the nuclear fuel cycle.

The United States suspects Iran is using a civilian nuclear programme to secretly develop atomic weapons, but Tehran says it only wants to produce electricity.

The United Nations Security Council has given Iran until August 31 to halt enrichment and reprocessing activities, or face possible sanctions.

Iran on Tuesday responded to an offer from six world powers of negotiations on trade, technology and security benefits if Iran freezes its strategic nuclear fuel work.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Israel Buys Upgraded Subs To Counter Iran Threat
Jerusalem (AFP) Aug 23, 2006
In a bid to boost its military arsenal against a perceived threat from archfoe Iran, Israel has signed a contract with Germany to buy two submarines capable of carrying nuclear weapons, a newspaper report said Wednesday.

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