Iranian President Mahoud Ahmadinehad, ordered a fuel production increase for a nuclear reactor in Tehran, Sunday.
According to the Washington Post, U.S. and European officials said the order of the 20% increase in enriched uranium confirms the suspicions that Iran had not been serious about reaching a deal with the U.N.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, "If the international community will stand together and bring pressure to bear on the Iranian government, I believe there is still time for sanctions and pressure to work," reports the Washington Post.
According to the New York Times, Ahmadinejad believes the threat of further enrichment has the possibilty of forcing the United States, Europe and Russia to provide fuel on his terms. However American officals have said that Iran's actions will only speed efforts to impose sanctions.
"The path to cooperation is open, if they come and agree to exchange without preconditions, we will exchange," Ahmadinehad said, reports the New York Times.
The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said the production would not start immediately.