(Teheran) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that his country has successfully enriched uranium for the first time, a milestone in its goal to develop nuclear fuel.
"I am officially announcing that Iran has joined the group of those countries which have nuclear technology. This is the result of the Iranian nation's resistance," Ahmadinejad said in a televised address. "Based on international regulations, we will continue our path until we achieve production of industrial-scale enrichment."
Iranian Vice-President Gholamreza Aghazadeh, who is in charge of the country's nuclear program, said that Iran has produced 110 tons of uranium gas; the gas is then pumped into centrifuges to complete the enrichment process.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan said that the US will "be talking about the way forward with the other members of the Security Council and Germany about how to address this" if Iran continues in its stated nuclear goals.
"Defiant statements and actions only further isolate the regime from the rest of the world," said McClellan to reporters today. "This is a regime that needs to be building confidence with the international community. Instead, they're moving in the wrong direction. This is a regime that has a long history of hiding its nuclear activities from the international community, and refusing to comply with its international obligations."