Iran processes own uranium, claiming mastery of entire nuclear fuel cycle

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran announced on Sunday that it has produced its first batch of locally mined uranium, claiming self-sufficiency of the entire nuclear fuel cycle. "The step displays Iran's determination to master nuclear technology without outside help, including by enriching its own uranium, just a day before world powers meet Iranian officials in Geneva in another attempt to persuade them to freeze that work," the Star Tribune said. "Western officials downplayed the announcement, saying it had been expected and that Iran did not have enough ore to maintain the large-scale enrichment program that Tehran says it is building as a source of fuel for an envisaged network of nuclear reactors," ABC News said.

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