the CNN Wire Staff
December 6, 2010

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(CNN) — Iran now produces everything it needs for the nuclear fuel cycle, making its nuclear program self-sufficient, the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization told state media Sunday.

The Islamic republic has begun producing yellowcake, Ali Akbar Salehi told Press TV.

Salehi’s announcement came just a day before Iran is to continue stalled nuclear talks with the so-called P5 plus 1 countries — Germany and the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: the United States, China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom.

That’s no coincidence, CNN’s Reza Sayah says. Iran wants to show that despite ever-tighter sanctions, it is not negotiating from a position of weakness.

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The United States was not surprised by the announcement, National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer told CNN.

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