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Thursday, June 2, 2011

BBC News - Q&A: Iran nuclear issue

BBC News - Q&A: Iran nuclear issue: "Why has the Security Council ordered Iran to stop enrichment?

Because the technology used to enrich uranium to the level needed for nuclear power can also be used to enrich it to the higher level needed for a nuclear explosion.

There are fears that Iran is either secretly planning to make a nuclear device or is at least acquiring the know-how so that one day it has the option of doing so.

Iran hid an enrichment programme for 18 years, so the Security Council says that until Iran's peaceful intentions can be fully established, it should stop enrichment and other nuclear activities."

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