A defiant Iran has announced it will pursue uranium enrichment activities despite a meeting of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog which could be the first step to sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency is due to hold a session next week that could decide to refer Tehran to the UN Security Council. Despite this the Islamic Republic has reiterated that nobody has the right to stop it developing its civilian nuclear programme. It says it will press ahead with uranium conversion to generate electricity despite EU proposals which include western companies building nuclear PowerStation’s in Iran. However, Tehran stresses its not closing the door on talks – and says it will respond to the European proposals in the next two days. Iran has urged the IAEA not to delay sending nuclear inspectors to supervise the resumption of uranium conversion at the Isfahan plant.
Iran ups the ante in nuclear crisis