US: Iran enrichment plan risks cancer patients

February 10, 2010 17:30

VIENNA  — A senior US envoy accused Teheran's leadership Wednesday of hypocrisy for opting to pursue "ever more dangerous nuclear technology" instead of accepting an international plan meant to assure the supply of medical isotopes to Iranian cancer patients.

The sharp criticism from Glyn Davies, the chief US delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), came a day after Iran began enriching its uranium to a higher level, increasing international concerns about its nuclear aims.

"Why is Teheran gambling with the health and lives of 850,000 Iranian cancer patients in pursuit of ever more dangerous nuclear technology?" asked Davies.

"This move is callous and chilling," he told The Associated Press.

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