April 13, 2006 (Stop Fundamentalism) â€“ Mohamed ElBaradei the Noble peace prize laureate and the head of the UN nuclear watchdog agency IAEA arrived in Tehran Thursday to talk Iran into suspension of its uranium enrichment program and return to the negotiating table with the West.
Iran sparked international alarm two days ago after it announced that it has achieved the capability to operate a 164 cascade of centrifuges, which could produce 3.5% enriched uranium. The technology, as scientists say, could be used to produce weaponâ€™s grade uranium.
Iranian hardliner President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared on Tuesday April 11 that Iran had officially joined the group of countries with nuclear capabilities commonly known as theâ€Nuclear Club.â€
â€œI officially announce that Iran has joined the worldâ€™s nuclear countries,â€ Ahmadinejad said in a speech that was broadcasted on state television.
Former Iranian President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani also announced on Tuesday, despite a call by the United Nations Security Council for Iran to cease all uranium enrichment activities that this country has begun uranium enrichment.