Middle East

Iran to unveil new nuclear projects Wednesday

Feb. 11, 2012: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he deliver his speech near the Azadi (freedom) tower at a rally to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the country's pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power, Tehran.

Feb. 11, 2012: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he deliver his speech near the Azadi (freedom) tower at a rally to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the country's pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power, Tehran.

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's official news agency says that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will unveil new nuclear projects on Wednesday.

IRNA did not say in its Tuesday report what the projects would be. But an independent news website that regularly reports on nuclear developments says the ceremonies are likely to include the formal inauguration of the the underground Fordo uranium enrichment site in central Iran, and starting operations on two lines of centrifuges there.

Irannuc.ir also says that the president is also likely to announce the final stage of production of nuclear fuel rods to be used in a Tehran research reactor.

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking nuclear weapons, a charge Tehran denies.

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