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A senior U.S. envoy says Iran is risking hundreds of thousands of lives by rejecting an offer meant to fuel reactor delivering medical isotopes for cancer treatment.

Glyn Davies is the chief U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency. His comments come a day after Iran began enriching its uranium to a higher level, increasing international concerns about its nuclear aims.

Iran says it is enriching to provide fuel for the reactor. But the West says Tehran is not capable of turning the material into the fuel rods needed by the reactor. Instead it fears Iran wants to enrich to make nuclear weapons.

Davies said told the AP Wednesday that Iran’s “pursuit of ever more dangerous nuclear technology” is “callous and chilling.” Washington Post

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