Iran openly defying international will: US
The US and its European allies are concerned that Iran is seeking atomic weapons.india Updated: Apr 12, 2006 12:00 IST
Iran's completion of uranium enrichment shows the regime is openly defying international will and can only lead to further isolation, said the US State Department.
"This is another step by Iran's regime in defiance of the international community," department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
McCormack could not confirm the technical details, but said the enrichment was not sufficient for building a nuclear weapon.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had earlier announced that for the first time, his country had achieved uranium enrichment, but said it was not intended to develop a weapon.
The US and its European allies are concerned that Iran is seeking atomic weapons, but Iran says its nuclear ambitions are purely for producing energy.
McCormack said Iran should choose a pathway of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to come clean about its nuclear activities.
The UN Security Council issued a statement last month calling on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by April 28.
First Published: Apr 12, 2006 11:06 IST