Just as global talks over nuclear power make headway in North Korea, the issue heats up half a world away in Iran.

Tehran suspended its nuclear activities late last year to avoid sanctions and as a gesture to international negotiations. But this week it restarted work at a uranium conversion facility outside the city of Isfahan.

Sanctions are likely from the United Nations as both the United States and Europe have warned against such a move. The Associated Press reports an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency is planned to address the matter.

Iran says the nuclear program is intended only to produce electricity. That's highly unlikely since Iran has vast reserves of petroleum which could be tapped to generate electricity.

Tehran, like North Korea, has turned its back on economic incentives aimed at limiting its nuclear activities. World diplomatic pressure is not working so sanctions appear to be in order.

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