Video: Iran’s uranium threat

updated 2/20/2009 4:10:02 PM ET 2009-02-20T21:10:02

The White House said the international community must work together to urgently address Iran's uranium enrichment activities.

Press secretary Robert Gibbs said Friday that point was underscored by a United Nations report that said Tehran had amassed enough uranium to make an atom bomb.

He said the report by the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency represented "another lost opportunity" for Iran as it continues to "renege" on its international obligations.

Gibbs called Iran an "urgent problem that has to be addressed" without delay.

He said the international community won't have confidence that Iran's program is peaceful if it doesn't comply with the U.N.

Tehran has announced a target of 9,000 centrifuges by the end of 2009 for what it said was a large-scale nuclear program meant solely to power reactors.

To date, Iran had enriched more than 1,600 pounds of low-enriched uranium suitable for nuclear fuel, a report earlier from the U.N. energy group said. U.N. officials have said that Tehran would have to produce less than twice that to begin enriching it to the weapons-grade level needed to produce a warhead while other experts have given even lower amounts. 

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