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Iran president promises to announce nuclear work news soon

RIA Novosti

01/04/2007 19:06 TEHRAN, April 1 (RIA Novosti) - Iran's president promised Sunday to announce the Islamic Republic's successes in developing its nuclear program.

Since Iran resumed uranium enrichment in January 2006, the country has been the focus of international concerns, as some Western countries, particularly the United States, suspect Tehran is pursuing a covert weapons program. But Tehran has consistently claimed it needs nuclear power for civilian power generation and is full entitled to its own nuclear program.

"The Iranian people will soon hear fresh news about the country's nuclear development," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said.

Many experts believe Iran could announce about the installation of new centrifuges for uranium enrichment in Natanz.

The UN Security Council toughened sanctions against Iran last week after the Islamic Republic defied a deadline for it to halt uranium enrichment.

The new resolution freezes financial accounts abroad of 13 companies and 15 individuals involved in uranium enrichment and missile development projects, imposes visa restrictions and bans arms exports from Iran. It also threatens new sanctions, if Iran does not comply with it within 60 days, and urges the Islamic Republic to return to negotiations.

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