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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Iran's Duplicity

AFP wrote on February 7:Iran will begin enriching uranium to 20 percent from Tuesday, the Islamic republic's atomic chief announced on Sunday just hours after being told to do so by hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The decision raises the stakes in a dispute with the West less than a week after Iran had appeared to accept a UN-drafted nuclear deal on the supply of fuel for a research nuclear reactor in Tehran. Ahmadinejad's move drew fire from Britain and the United States, and analysts said it was a bid to exert pressure on Washington and drive a wedge between the six powers over attempts to impose new sanctions on Tehran...

"Britain and the United States condemned the declaration... US Defence Secretary Robert Gates called for mounting 'international pressure' on Iran... A Western analyst who asked not to be named said Iranian declarations such as Ahmadinejad's on Sunday were attempts to 'delay potential sanctions by dividing the six world powers without backing down on the nuclear programme.'"

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