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Iran defies West with plan for four nuclear reactors

Damien McElroy in London

Published 17/06/2010 | 05:00

Iran raised the stakes in its confrontation with the West yesterday by declaring it would build four new nuclear reactors outside the international safeguards regime. Just a week after the UN imposed a fourth round of sanctions on the Islamic Republic, officials said that Tehran was determined to supply its own nuclear plants with domestically manufactured uranium fuel.

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The announcement appeared to mark the death knell for diplomatic efforts to supply the country's only functioning nuclear plant with fuel processed in France and Russia.

A compromise proposed in October would have seen Iran swap uranium from its stockpile for foreign-made fuel rods under strict conditions that would have reduced the risk of a nuclear bomb being produced.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran was determined to maintain its nuclear programme despite the ruinous effects of sanctions on the country's economy.

He said: "If they think they can use sticks to pressure Iran, we say that the Iranian nation will break all of their sticks." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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