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Iran makes first batch of higher enriched uranium

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's president has announced that the Islamic republic has produced its first package of highly enriched uranium just two days after beginning the process.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday told hundreds of thousands of cheering Iranians that Iran was now a "nuclear state" and had produced its first batch of 20 percent enriched uranium.

Enriching uranium produces fuel for a nuclear power plants but can also be used to create material for atomic weapons.

Iran announced Tuesday it was beginning the process of enriching its uranium stockpile to a higher level.

The international community has warned Iran against further enrichment activities, threatening new U.N. sanctions.

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