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UN Powers Deadlocked On Iran Sanctions

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin (file photo) (official site) November 8, 2006 -- Six major world powers are still deadlocked after holding another round of talks on a draft United Nations resolution aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Envoys from Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany met at the UN to discuss a European draft, as well as amendments offered by Moscow and Washington.

Russian UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said there is still a "considerable gap" separating the parties.

Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that Iran would continue along what he called the "glorious path" of its nuclear program.

Khamenei said most of world's countries had praised Iran for its nuclear stance.

(IRNA, AFP, dpa)

Talking Technical

Talking Technical

A control panel at the Bushehr nuclear power plant (Fars)

CASCADES AND CENTRIFUGES: Experts and pundits alike continue to debate the goals and status of Iran's nuclear program. It remains unclear whether the program is, as Tehran insists, a purely peaceful enegy project or, as the United States claims, part of an effort to acquire nuclear weapons.
On June 7, 2006, RFE/RL correspondent Charles Recknagel spoke with nuclear expert Shannon Kile of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Sweden to help sort through some of the technical issues involved. "[Natanz] will be quite a large plant," Kile said. "There will be about 50,000 centrifuges and how much enriched uranium that can produce [is] hard to say because the efficiency of the centrifuges is not really known yet. But it would clearly be enough to be able to produce enough [highly-enriched uranium] for a nuclear weapon in fairly short order, if that's the route that they chose to go...." (more)


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