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Amid Sharp Criticism, Iran Restarts Nuclear Activity

Mohammad Saidi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, at a press conference in Tehran, Jan 10.
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Mohammad Saidi, deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Agency, at a press conference in Tehran, Jan 10.

Iran resumes operations at a key nuclear plant, ending two years of inactivity. The U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Iran intended to undertake work on uranium enrichment, which could produce fuel for nuclear weapons. The defiant move sparked sharp criticism from the United States and Europe.

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Mike Shuster is an award-winning diplomatic correspondent and roving foreign correspondent for NPR News. He is based at NPR West, in Culver City, CA. When not traveling outside the U.S., Shuster covers issues of nuclear non-proliferation and weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and the Pacific Rim.