Iran approves new nuclear plants

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It is being described as a clear show of defiance.

The Iranian President has announced that his government has approved plans to build 10 new uranium enrichment plants. This after the UN nuclear watchdog on Friday rebuked Iran for building a uranium enrichment plant in secret. The Iranian state broadcaster said the new plants would be the same size as its main enrichment complex at Natanz and work would begin within two months. Earlier, the Iranian parliament called on the government to consider reducing its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency. The parliament has the power to force the government to change its level of cooperation. It did this in 2006 after the agency voted to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council. The West is concerned that Iran is trying to build nuclear bombs. Iran denies this, maintaining it needs nuclear technology to generate electricity.