After months of conflicting signals on its nuclear intentions, Iran formally moved forward today on a significant change in its uranium enrichment program.
The country’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency informed that U.N. organization in Vienna of Iran’s decision to enrich some of its low-enriched uranium to a higher level.
While the ambassador said the purpose was for medical treatment, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the international community had no choice but to move toward imposing new sanctions on Iran.
Patrick Clawson, deputy director for research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, joins Daljit Dhaliwal to discuss the issue. He talks about why the medical use rationale is dubious and how the upcoming anniversary of the Islamic republic may be affecting the Iranian leadership.
Our German partner Deutsche Welle has more on how Iran has raised the stakes.
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