Thursday, June 17, 2004

Iran threatens to restart uranium plan

HoustonChronicle.com - Iran threatens to restart uranium plan: "Iran may renew uranium plan
Leaving bargain on nuclear power also threatened
By KARL VICK
Washington Post
TEHRAN, Iran -- The Iranian government threatened Wednesday that it might restart its uranium enrichment program if the United Nations finds that the country has failed to cooperate with nuclear inspectors.
President Mohammad Khatami also implied during a news conference that Iran was prepared to abandon a diplomatic bargain with three European nations it accepted in October that defused a mounting confrontation over its nuclear plans.
The voluntary suspension of uranium enrichment activities was considered a gesture to build international confidence with the country. In addition, the government had promised to detail nuclear activities it had kept secret for 18 years. Iranian officials have insisted their aim has been to develop peaceful use of nuclear power, not weapons. "

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