Filed under: Iran ~ Middle East
The Islamic Republic of Iran announced it produces nuclear fuel on an industrial level. Reza Aqazadeh, the country's vice president and head of its Atomic Energy Organization said that the 3, 000 centrifuges from Natanz are merely the beginning. "When we say we have entered industrial scale enrichment, (it means) there is no way back. Installation of centrifuges will continue steadily to reach a stage where all the 50,000 centrifuges are launched." (IRNA)
Meanwhile the United States, Russia, China and Germany (holder of the EU Presidency) accused Tehran of abusing the goodwill of the international community.
Clearly the isolation measures didn't work and new tactics have to be employed to moderate Iran's nuclear and regional ambitions. The West at large tends to forget that in the ME a soft approach is often perceived as weakness. Vigorous actions are needed, diplomatic or otherwise.