Iranian technicians remove a container of radioactive uranium from the Isfahan nuclear facility. AFP (2009)
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated Sunday that Iran had “[g]iven a chance to Western countries” to accept its version of the UN-brokered nuclear enrichment deal that includes a phased fuel swap instead of a bulk exchange of enriched fuel between Iran and Russia.
Ahmadinejad announced that “during the ten days of dawn (February 1 to 11) we will announce good news regarding the production of 20 percent enriched fuel in our country. This news is so sweet that it will make any Iranian and any freedom-loving person in the world happy. This news is about Iran’s scientific advancement.” The ten days of dawn is a celebration of the 1979 Islamic revolution, with this year’s celebration marking the 31st anniversary of the U.S.-backed shah’s toppling.
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