Tehran, Jan. 05, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism Reports) – Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced at a parliamentary meeting that Tehran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to resume nuclear research and development at its massive uranium enrichment site in Natanz.
Germany, France and United States in separate statements have warned Iran against the planned resumption of nuclear research and development work.
The West suspects that Iran, which calls for Israel’s destruction, wants nuclear technology to build bombs.
This research and development may include the manufacture and assembly of centrifuges used for uranium enrichment, the most sensitive part of the nuclear fuel cycle and it could also involve some small-scale enrichment tests.
French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said Iran’s announcement defied demands by the IAEA’s 35-nation board and undermined a dialogue with the EU revived in Vienna on December 21, and due to resume later this month.