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While the world dithers, Iran is getting closer to a nuclear bomb

Bronwen Maddox

Published 09/02/2010 | 05:00

A student explains his invention to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (on left) during the National Festival of Innovation and Prosperity in Tehran yesterday
A student explains his invention to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (on left) during the National Festival of Innovation and Prosperity in Tehran yesterday

THE attempt to talk Iran down from its nuclear ambitions is going badly. Yesterday, Tehran formally told the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN watchdog, that it would move further ahead with its uranium-enrichment programme. This will take it one big step closer to a nuclear-weapons capability.

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Its latest move contradicts a statement from the regime last week in which it appeared to be ready for a deal. In fact, it is now clear that it was just the latest in a long series of such feints.

The parallel front of diplomacy is also faring poorly. The six countries involved in talks to dissuade Iran from its present course -- the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- so far haven't even agreed to take the matter to the UN Security Council.

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