Iran's supreme leader calls for more nuclear enrichment capacity




 
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July 8th, 2014  
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Topic: Iran's supreme leader calls for more nuclear enrichment capacity


By Michelle Moghtader and Fredrik Dahl DUBAI/VIENNA (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran would need to significantly increase its uranium enrichment capacity, highlighting a gap in positions between Tehran and world powers as they hold talks aimed at clinching a nuclear accord. Iran and six major powers - the United States, Russia, France, Germany, China and Britain - have less than two weeks to bridge wide differences on the future scope of Iran's enrichment program and other issues if they are to meet a self-imposed July 20 deadline for a deal. Iran's capacity to refine uranium lies at the center of the nuclear stalemate and is seen as the hardest issue to resolve. Iran insists it needs to expand its capacity to refine uranium to fuel a planned network of atomic energy plants.




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