Iran Defies U.N., Plans to Build Enrichment Sites

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Iran has defied new demands by the United Nations nuclear watchdog by approving plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities.

The move came just two days after the International Atomic Energy Agency demanded the regime stop building a newly revealed uranium enrichment plant and freeze all its enrichment activities.

Iran has amassed about 3,300 pounds of low-enriched uranium at its main enrichment facility at Natanz. The United Nations wants the country to turn over most of that uranium but the country has refused.

The West believes Iran is enriching uranium in order to make a nuclear bomb - a charge Iranian leaders deny.

In response, the White House said Tehran is "choosing to isolate itself." They added that time is running out for the country to address the international community's concerns over its nuclear program.

Many experts believe Israel would mount a military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities if sanctions fail to stop the rogue regime's nuclear pursuits.

Israel is keeping a low profile regarding Iran's latest actions. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the IAEA's censure.

"Last week the International Atomic Energy Agency, as a result of efforts of many others as well, that should be clear, first and foremost of the United States and President Obama - took a very firm decision against Iran, such that has not been taken thus far," Netanyahu said.

"And I think it is important progress," he added, "But of course we have to see how things develop."

A U.S. intelligence report released Monday said Iran has restructured its naval forces, beefing up its defense strategy in the strategic Strait of Hormuz - through which 30 percent of the world's oil is exported. It could be another sign that Iran is preparing for trouble.

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