AGENCIES, TEHRAN AND VIENNA
Thursday, Apr 12, 2007,
A senior Iranian official yesterday dismissed doubts about whether Iran had achieved industrial-scale nuclear fuel production and said scepticism about its program had proved incorrect in the past.
"Maybe they thought we needed more time to reach the industrial stage but due to the efforts of our specialists we have already reached that stage," the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Saeedi, said in comments carried by the Iranian state broadcaster's Web site.
Iran declared on Monday it had begun industrial enrichment of uranium, a process the West fears Iran is using to make bombs.