Iran: We Can Process Our Own Uranium

Claims independence in nuclear cycle a day ahead of Geneva talks
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
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Posted Dec 5, 2010 6:44 AM CST
Iran's top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, right, speaks with media, during a press briefing, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010.   (Vahid Salemi)
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(Newser) – Iran is processing its first batch of home-grown uranium, the nation's nuke chief said today, claiming total independence in the nuclear fuel cycle just a day ahead of Geneva talks meant to dissuade the country from its nuclear program. "Today, we witnessed the shipment of the first domestically produced yellowcake from Gachin mine to the Isfahan nuclear facility," said Ali Akbar Salehi.

Salehi was blunt in his message to negotiators headed to Geneva: "No matter how much effort they put into their sanctions ... our nuclear activities will proceed and they will witness greater achievements in the future." He further claimed a bigger uranium mine would go online "in the not too distant future," reports the AP.

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