Iran has officially begun to enrich its nuclear fuel and is working toward weapons grade strength in spite of continued efforts by Western countries to limit the nation’s nuclear capabilities. The move flies in the face of an attempted deal with the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor and curtail Iran’s nuclear supply, and the French foreign minister equated the nation’s actions to blackmail in a statement. Iranian facilities lack the technology necessary to use the fuel for medical purposes, further raising suspicions that President Ahmadinejad has plans to build weapons. In response, Western nations on the U.N. Security Council are working to convince Russia and China to support sanctions against Iran.
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