February 15th, 2012
05:57 PM ET

Iran flaunts nuclear advances

Iran flaunted a new generation of centrifuges and mastery of the nuclear fuel cycle Wednesday as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, clad in a white lab coat, was on hand to load domestically made fuel rods into the core of a Tehran reactor.

Also announced was an intent to start production of yellowcake, a chemically treated form of uranium ore used for making enriched uranium.

United Nations sanctions ban Iran from importing yellowcake. Domestic production would further Iran's nuclear self-sufficiency.

In a speech outlining the latest developments, Ahmadinejad said Iran was willing to share its nuclear knowledge with other nations that subscribe to the watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The U.S. State Department, however, dismissed Iran's announcements as bluster for a domestic audience.

"We frankly don't see a lot new here. This is not big news," said spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. "In fact, it seems to have been hyped. The Iranians for many months have been putting out calendars of accomplishments and based on their own calendars they are many, many months behind."

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  1. Judi Tomsick

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    January 12, 2021 at 1:09 am | Reply
  2. Keneth Vasser

    of course we need to know our family history so that we can share it to our kids’


    December 20, 2020 at 7:04 pm | Reply
  3. John "Aids Man" Holmes

    If I were still alive....


    February 17, 2012 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • shazbot squarepants

      not me, im not folding mine in half before i flaunt it..

      February 18, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  4. chamade

    More scare tactics for Americans, who are now in a perpetual state of war. What a sad country that "Western democracy" has been becoming ever since the end of WWII. America is loosing grip on power, its importance is dimming and as such it is also loosing its grip on reality. It's like a dying wounded bear – very dangerous until it finally put out of its misery.

    February 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply

    yeap. Well said

    February 16, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
  6. Jeff W.

    Mr Obama is quite fortunate that he is the elected leader of a people who have been free far longer than he has been alive. Fortunate that most of them are patriots. Fortunate that they respect and are patient with the process by which a private citizen is elevated to its highest office. And fortunate indeed that because of that patriotism, because of that respect, and because of that patience, they are willing to go through the tedious process of replacing him
    through legal, elected means. Were he the president of a lesser nation, he might have already been thrown out of the office through force....

    It is my fervent prayer for this country that by this time next year, the failed experiment he represents will be over.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
    • Beelzabubba

      Can't wait to see him win the next election.

      And he will.

      February 15, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  7. mipolitic

    obama was pushed aside by putin at the un over syria , and we are watching the results of that unfold before us, and iran quickly acted on obama's weakness after watch syria and then egypt taking 19 americans as detainees. iran is pushing their strength in front of the world.

    February 15, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
    • DTOM

      I fear many will continue to have their way with this elitist weakling. He reminds me of profs that I've had...man, does he love to talk at people.

      February 15, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Reply
      • Beelzabubba

        I'll take an "elitist weakling" over a plebeian thug any day.

        February 15, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  8. shazbot squarepants


    February 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  9. shazbot squarepants

    war, children, it's just a shot away..

    February 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply

    yes, thats bluster for a
    domestic audience.

    February 15, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply

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