Iran MPs want higher enrichment in case of new sanctions

December 26, 2013 - 10:07:21 am

TEHRAN: Iranian lawmakers presented a bill to the parliament’s presiding board which could oblige the government to enrich uranium to 60 percent if new sanctions are imposed, media reported yesterday.

“If the other negotiating parties ratchet up the sanctions, impose new sanctions or violate our country’s nuclear right, this bill will immediately oblige the government to... launch the Arak heavy water reactor and produce 60 percent enriched uranium,” Isna news agency quoted lawmaker Mehdi Mousavi-nejad as saying.

Under the landmark deal struck on November 24, Iran agreed to roll back or freeze parts of its nuclear drive for six months in exchange for modest sanctions relief and a promise by Western powers not to impose new sanctions. Under the accord, Iran pledged to limit uranium enrichment to 5 percent. It will also neutralise its stockpile of medium-enriched material, which is relatively easy to convert to the weapons-grade level of 90 percent or above.

Iran is also committed not to make further advances at its Fordo, Natanz and Arak facilities.

Dubai offers record-breaking firework show

DUBAI: Dubai has promised to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a record-breaking extravaganza featuring over 400,000 fireworks, the largest display the world has ever seen, its government said.

The United Arab Emirates city state, home to the world’s tallest tower, largest man-made island and one of the world’s busiest airports, will “break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Largest Firework Display’,” a government statement said.

The six-minute show over two of its manmade islands — The Palm Jumeirah and The World — will “feature over 400,000 colourful fireworks and a series of amazing scenes designed exclusively for the event and set to a specially choreographed musical soundtrack.” The display will be overseen by more than 200 pyrotechnicians, and the fireworks will be launched from 400 locations, it added.Agencies

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