Iran OKs Plans for 10 Nuke Plants
Tehran thumbs nose at UN demands to cease program
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 29, 2009 10:08 AM CST
In this photo released by the Iranian semi-official Fars News Agency, Revolutionary Guard's Tondar missile is launched in a drill near the city of Qom, Iran, on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Ali Shaigan)
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(Newser) – The Iranian government approved a plan today to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of UN demands it halt enrichment. The decision comes only days after the UN nuclear watchdog agency censured Iran over its program and demanded it halt the construction of a newly revealed enrichment facility.

Iranian state news agency IRNA says the government ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to begin construction of five uranium enrichment sites that have already been studied and propose five other sites for future construction. The decision was made during a Cabinet meeting headed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this evening, IRNA said.