Iran nuclear plant The head of Iran’s nuclear program last week said the country is developing more efficient models of centrifuges to enrich uranium, the Associated Press reported. “We are currently producing [a] new generation of centrifuges named IR3 and IR4,” said Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi. “We hope to use them by early 2011 after resolving problems and defects.” The move reflects Iran’s ongoing defiance of the international community and its determination to advance its nuclear program despite repeated U.N. Security Council resolutions to halt its uranium enrichment, the key step required in producing nuclear weapons. The announcement comes just days after the House of Representatives passed the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, major legislation aimed at limiting Iran’s ability to import and produce refined petroleum products.
 
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