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IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition

IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (centre) visits the Natanz uranium enrichment facilities in April 2008, south of Tehran, Iran. The country's controversial nuclear programme has seen the UN impose three rounds of limited sanctions since 2006. (Getty Images)
IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
President Ahmadinejad speaks at a ceremony at the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, in April 2007. Ahmadinejad announced Iran had stepped up their Uranium enrichment programme during the visit, drawing further condemnation from the international community and the UN. Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani confirmed the scaling-up of activity but declined to elaborate. (Getty Images)
IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
A general view of Iran's Natanz nuclear enrichment facility in April, 2008. Iran denies it is trying to build nuclear weapons, and insists its programme is strictly for electricity generation. (Getty Images)
IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
Iranian technicians work at the Isfahan Uranium Conversion Facilities (UCF), south of Tehran, in February, 2007. Iran opened the doors to its uranium conversion plant in a bid to show its good intentions, after mounting international pressure for a halt its controversial nuclear programme. (Getty Images)
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The UN Security Council votes to impose a set of stricter sanctions on Iran for rejecting repeated calls to suspend their uranium enrichment program in March, 2007 at the United Nations in New York. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had originally said he would come to the United States to address the UN Security Council but declined due to visa issues with his delegation. The UN Security Council unanimously voted to impose new sanctions on Iran. (Getty Images)
IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
Protesters hold placards during a protest against the current threat of Iranian-sponsored terror and Tehran's perceived threat of nuclear blackmail, in April 2007, near the United Nations office in New York. (Getty Images)
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left) and US President George W. Bush (right) walk from the Oval Office of the White House and into the Rose Garden to conduct a press conference in April, 2008 in Washington, D.C. British Prime Minister Brown on Thursday called for tightening European sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program, specifically targeting investments in liquified natural gas. (Getty Images)
IN PICS: Iran's nuclear ambition
Iran's top nuclear negotiator and head of Iran's Supreme Council of National Security Saeed Jalili (right) welcomes EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana (left) during their meeting in Tehran on June 14, 2008. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a new offer to Iran on ending the six-year standoff over its nuclear drive but Tehran once again rejected the key demand of world powers, that Tehran suspends uranium enrichment. (Getty Images)