France brands Iranian nuclear move a 'provocation'

By REUTERS
July 19, 2011 16:59

PARIS - France condemned on Tuesday Iran's announcement that it was installing new uranium enrichment machines to speed progress in its nuclear program, calling it a "clear provocation".

The comments came after an Iranian official appeared to confirm a Reuters story last week that Iran was installing two newer and more advanced models of the centrifuges used to refine uranium for large-scale testing.

"Iran has just given into another provocation by announcing the imminent installation of next generation centrifuges," the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"This is a new violation of six Security Council resolutions and 10 resolutions by the council of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency."


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