US: Iran enrichment plan risks cancer patients

A senior U.S. envoy accused Tehran‘s leadership Wednesday of hypocrisy
for opting to pursue “ever more dangerous nuclear technology” instead of accepting an
international plan meant to assure the supply of medical isotopes to
Iranian cancer patients.

The sharp criticism from Glyn Davies, the chief U.S.
delegate to the International Atomic Energy
, came a day after Iran began enriching its uranium to a higher
level, increasing international concerns about its nuclear aims.

Tehran says it wants to enrich only up to 20 percent —
substantially below the 90 percent plus level used in the fissile core
of nuclear warheads
— as a part of a plan to fuel its research reactor providing medical isotopes
to hundreds of thousands of Iranians undergoing cancer treatment.

But the West says Tehran is not capable of turning
the material into the fuel rods needed by the reactor. Instead it fears
Iran wants to enrich to make >>>

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