Iran defies UN, announces continuing steps toward uranium refinement

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Iran has reiterated its defiance of a resolution approved Saturday by the UN nuclear agency calling on the country to halt its nuclear development by announcing that it has continued steps toward manufacturing fuel for nuclear weapons or reactors. Iran's Atomic Energy Organization chief Gholamreza Aghazadeh made the announcement Tuesday in Vienna.

The resolution is not legally binding, but Iran's actions could add fuel to the US push to refer the matter to the UN Security Council. Iranian President Mohammad Khatami said Wednesday that the world must recognize Iran's right to refine fuel for nuclear power plants. The IAEA has background on the situation in Iran. The New York Times has more.

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