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Iran picks site for new enrichment facility

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A senior adviser said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has approved the location for a new uranium enrichment facility Iran plans to begin building over the next year.

Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, Ahmadinejad's top adviser, does not specify the location for the facility, which would be Iran's third enrichment plant.

He says work will begin "upon the president's order," without specifying when, according to the ILNA news agency Monday.

Iran approved plans in November to build 10 new uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion in defiance of U.N. demands it halt the program. Iran has said it plans to start work on two of them by March 2011.

The West accuses Iran of seeking to build atomic weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

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