U.S. President Barack Obama responded to his Iranian counter-part by warning that further sanctions were likely to occur in the foreseeable future.
Despite being accused by the West of trying to produce atomic bombs, Iran stays defiant and announced that it will shift its production of higher grade uranium to an underground bunker in order to triple its production capacity.
“This year, under the supervision of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency, we will transfer 20 per cent enrichment from the Natanz site to the Fordow site and we will increase the production capacity by three times,” the head of Iran’s atomic energy agency, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, told reporters after a cabinet meeting, the state broadcaster reported.
The Fordow site was already subject to controversy as Iran only disclosed its existence in September 2009, after Western intelligence had detected it. The discovery then increased Western fears that Iran is trying to produce a nuclear bomb and the West insisted the findings constituted evidence of covert nuclear work. In retaliation the West has since imposed a series of sanctions to try and force the country halt its enrichment.
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Source: Anissa Haddadi | International Business TImes