Iran Nuclear NewsUS: Iran move on uranium 'provocative'

US: Iran move on uranium ‘provocative’

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AFP: The United States warned on Wednesday that Iran’s decision to triple its capacity to purify uranium and to move the process to a secretive plant was “provocative” and asked Tehran to reconsider.

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011 (AFP) – The United States warned on Wednesday that Iran’s decision to triple its capacity to purify uranium and to move the process to a secretive plant was “provocative” and asked Tehran to reconsider.

Iran earlier said it would transfer its operation to enrich uranium to 20 percent purity from its Natanz plant to the Fordo underground site near the holy city of Qom, and said it would triple production capacity.

“We are concerned with Iran’s announced intention to continue expanding its enrichment program in violation of Iran’s international obligations,” said National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor.

“This decision would involve Iran’s stockpiling of even more near-20 percent enriched uranium without a credible use for this material in the near term.

“Provocative steps such as this do not build confidence in either Iran’s interest in meaningful talks or Iran’s nuclear intent.

“We urge Iran to reconsider this decision, to comply with its international obligations without further delay.”

The West accuses Iran of seeking to acquire a nuclear military capacity under the guise of its civilian atomic work, a charge Tehran strongly denies.

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