01 Jan '12, 9pm

Defiant Iran successfully produces and tests nuclear fuel rods

TEHRAN - Iran has successfully produced and tested fuel rods for use in its nuclear power plants, state television reported yesterday, in a snub to international demands that it halt sensitive nuclear work. The development was announced at a time of growing tension between Western powers and Iran after the United Nations nuclear agency reported in November that Tehran appeared to have worked on designing a nuclear weapon. Secret research to that end may be continuing, it said. The United States and its European allies have increased the sanctions pressure on Iran, one of the world's largest oil producers, to push Tehran to halt the enrichment. US President Barack Obama signed more sanctions against Iran into law on Saturday, while the European Union expects to reach a decision by the end of this month on expanding sanctions against Iran, a EU spokesman said yesterday. The ...

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