Iran Presses On with Nuclear Armament

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TEHRAN, Iran - According to one member of the IAEA , Iran has stepped up tests for recovering highly enriched uranium from its nuclear reactor's spent fuel.

The sources cited the level of research at the Teheran Nuclear Research Center, where the reactor is located, including experiments on plutonium separation, which has raised the level of suspicion as to Iranian intentions.

David Albright, head of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, which tracks suspected nuclear proliferation, said if the information is accurate, Iran is "trying to get their nose in the tent."

"On the surface, it may have nothing to do with making a bomb, but in the end that's what it could be about," Albright said.

While Teheran claims that its nuclear development program is intended for peaceful application, denying any intentions to develop nuclear arms, it refuses to cooperate with the IAEA and continues expanding its uranium enrichment program.

"It's the idea that Iran wants to slowly develop nuclear weapons capability under the tent," Albright said, "and it does it slowly so people will accept it," he said.

"It's keeping your head down, moving slowly and deliberately and winning at each step," he said.

Source: The Associated Press

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