In a live broadcast the Iran State Television which was marked as a ceremony had the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad watch as nuclear fuel rods were unveiled at a nuclear power plant in the capital Tehran.
The achievements of the Iranian Scientists coupled with that of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sang by the announcer.
As well as domestically-made reactor fuel, Iran announced new uranium enrichment centrifuges to replace an outdated model.
It is believed the aim of these announcements was to show that international sanctions are failing to prevent Iranian advances in nuclear technology.
Iran is determined to pursue a nuclear programme it sees as essential to the country’s power, protection, and prestige.
This is in defiance of U.N. resolutions demanding a halt to uranium enrichment and the admittance of nuclear inspectors