Iran to unveil 'big nuclear achievement'
Iran will soon unveil "big new" nuclear achievements, President Mahmoud Ahmad-inejad said yesterday, while reiterating Tehran's readiness to revive talks with the West over the country's controversial nuclear programme.
Mr Ahmadinejad spoke at a rally in Tehran as tens of thousands of Iranians marked the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power.
Mr Ahmadinejad did not elaborate on the upcoming announcement but insisted that Iran would never give up uranium enrichment, a process that makes material for reactors as well as weapons.
The West suspects Iran's nuclear programme is aimed at producing atomic weapons, a charge Tehran denies, insisting it's geared for energy production. Four rounds of UN sanctions and recent tough financial penalties by the US and the European Union have failed to get Iran to halt aspects of its atomic work.
"Within the next few days the world will witness the inauguration of several big new achievements in the nuclear field," Mr Ahmadinejad told the crowd in Tehran's Azadi Square yesterday.