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Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered his country's atomic agency to begin the production of higher enriched uranium.

US plays down chances of atomic deal with Iran

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today he saw no sign a deal was close between Iran and Western powers on exchanging some of its low-enriched uranium for higher-grade fuel it can use in a reactor producing medical isotopes.

Iran 'will comply over uranium'

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Iran warns West it will produce nuclear fuel 'by February'

Iran warned today it will produce nuclear fuel on its own if there is no deal to have the West deliver the fuel in exchange for Tehran's enriched uranium by the end of January.

Iran says Turkey is option for nuclear exchange

Iran's foreign minister says Turkey could be a venue for Tehran to exchange nuclear material with the West.

Iran 'testing nuclear bomb part'

The prospect of fresh tension between the UK and Iran arose today after a document emerged suggesting the Middle Eastern country was working on testing a key nuclear bomb part.

Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants, says foreign minister

Iran needs up to 15 nuclear plants to generate electricity, its foreign minister said today, underlining Tehran's determination to press ahead with a programme the West suspects is aimed at making bombs.

Iran says it needs 20 enrichment sites

Iran's vice-president said today his country needs 20 industrial-scale uranium enrichment facilities, a potentially dramatic expansion of its nuclear program in defiance of UN demands.

Defiant Iran set to build 10 new nuclear plants

The Iranian government approved a plan yesterday to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion, in defiance of UN demands that it halt the programme.

Iran MPs urge government to reduce IAEA cooperation

Lawmakers urged Iran's government today to submit a plan on reducing cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), after the UN body rebuked Tehran for building a uranium enrichment plant in secret.

UN watchdog raps Iran over nuclear programme

The UN's nuclear watchdog issued a rare condemnation to Iran over its secretive uranium processing operations today.

Toxic munitions 'may be cause' of baby deaths and deformities in Fallujah

Evidence was growing this weekend that babies born in the Iraqi city of Fallujah – scene in 2004 of one of the few set-piece battles of the invasion – are exhibiting high rates of mortality and birth defects.

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