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Tehran to Washington: Get used to a nuclear Iran

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – Iran celebrated the test runs on its first nuclear reactor at Bushehr Wednesday and reaffirmed plans for a 10-fold increase in its uranium enrichment capacity. It also told the United States to get used to a nuclear Iran.

Russia built the reactor and last year provided all fuel – still under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) seal – for the Bushehr power plant. All spent fuel rods are to be returned to Russia.

“America should face reality and accept living with a nuclear Iran,” Gholamreza Aghazadeh, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, told journalists. He said Iran aimed to install 50,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium in the next five years – a substantial boost over the 6,000 he said were already spinning.

Four United Nations Security Council resolutions – backed up by three sets of sanctions – require that Iran stop enrichment until the Islamic Republic puts to rest concerns by the US and some Western countries that its drive for nuclear energy does not mask a secret weapons program.

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