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November 15, 2006 -- The United States has called on Iran to end uranium enrichment, stop meddling in Iraq, and play a constructive role in the Middle East.
The statement by Gordon Johndroe, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, came after Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad on November 14 said he was ready for talks with the United States -- but only if Washington changes its attitude.
Ahmadinejad also announced plans for Iran to enrich uranium for nuclear fuel at an industrial scale, using 60,000 centrifuges. Enrichment can make fuel for nuclear power plants or, if highly enriched, material for nuclear weapons.
In another development, the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency said in a new report that UN inspectors had found traces of plutonium and enriched uranium at a nuclear-waste facility in Iran.
The report said the agency could not determine whether Iran's intentions in the nuclear sphere are entirely peaceful.