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DIPLOMACY: US ‘Concerned’ over Iran’s Decision to Resume Uranium Enrichment
Iran’s decision to resume construction of centiguges for uranium enrichment is in defiance of international demands, but could be reversed by diplomacy, US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said. Iran’s decision to resume construction of centiguges for uranium enrichment is another reason why President Bush named Iran as a member of the “axis of evil,” US National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said. However, she added the Islamic government’s decision in defiance of international demands could be reversed by diplomacy.
“The Iranians are trying to acquire undercover civilian nuclear production, trying to acquire military uses for nuclear power, maybe even nuclear weapons,” Rice said on Sunday in an interview with the Fox news channel.
“It’s a very tough situation, but we believe that this is one that still has a diplomatic solution within sight,” she said.
Since Thursday, the US, EU and UN International Atomic Energy Agency have criticized the centrifuge decision even though Iran said it continues to suspend enrichment itself - a crucial step in producing weapons-grade uranium.
In making the decision, Iran reneged on a pledge it made in February to cease centrifuge production.
Centrifuges are used to boost the concentration of the uranium-235 isotope found in nature to a level sufficient to drive a nuclear reaction. Iran has maintained that its centrifuge program is designed to produce low-enriched uranium to support its civil nuclear power program.